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December 22, 2010
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On The Move: Information must be submitted at least 11 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpeg; Color images are preferred. For more information or to submit an announcement, contact managing editor Kelly Lucas at klucas@ibj.com

New Associations
Ryan Gibson accepted the position of GCO-Insurance Law Counsel in the general counsel’s office of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in Novato, Calif.

Judge Russ Sanders will join The Mediation Group in January 2011. Judge Sanders will leave his 14-year tenure with Shelby Superior Court effective Dec. 31, 2010.

Stephen M. Koers joined Lewis & Wilkins as of counsel. He will be located in the firm’s Fishers office.

Kathryn Morgan Cimera and Terren Magid joined Bingham McHale. The lawyers will practice with the firm’s Pensions and Fiduciary Industry Team.

Elections and Appointments
Roselyn Hazzard, human resources director at Bingham McHale, was elected to the Association of Legal Administrators board of directors. She will serve as a regional director.

Phillip L. Bayt was elected managing partner of Ice Miller effective Jan. 1, 2011. The partnership also selected Robert Gauss and Brenda Horn to serve as deputy managing partners. Steven K. Humke was re-elected by the partnership as chair of the strategic planning committee.

Awards and Honors
Steven D. DeBrota, an attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis, received The Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of Justice for his leadership and work on “Operation Nest Egg,” a national child exploitation prosecution project.

Nicholas C. Pappas, a partner in Frost Brown Todd’s Indianapolis office, was named “Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year” by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.

Promotions
Jeffrey L. Carmichael, Mark J. Swearingen, Regan E. Tankersley, and John F. Williams III were named shareholders with Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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