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January 4, 2012
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On The Move

On The Move: Information must be submitted at least 11 days prior to the Wednesday issue in which the announcement will 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 Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com

New Associations
Cedric D’Hue has joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Indianapolis as of counsel. He is a part of the firm’s business advisory department and intellectual property and technology team.

Jenie Van Hampton has joined the labor and employment team at Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the Indianapolis office.

W. Brent Gill has joined Kenn Nunn Law Office in Bloomington as manager of the firm’s litigation area.

Amy A. Marrs has joined John Steinkamp & Associates as counsel for the family law section.

Thomas A. Withrow has joined Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis as senior counsel. He concentrates his practice on government contracts and commercial and business litigation.

David Pippen has joined Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis as a partner and chairman of the environmental law group. Pippen previously was Gov. Mitch Daniels’ general counsel and senior policy director.

Taryn Stone has rejoined Ice Miller in Indianapolis as an associate in the firm’s health care transactions group.

Amy Halsey, Jameson Young, Amanda Glowacki and Larissa Koshatka have joined Schuckit & Associates in Indianapolis as associates.

Stephen Starks has joined Kroger Gardis & Regas in Indianapolis as an associate. Starks previously was the legal affairs director for the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

William Dummett has joined the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman as an associate. Dummett is a member of the health information technology section of the business/tax practice group.

Promotions
Barnes & Thornburg has elected eight new partners in its Indianapolis and South Bend offices. Stacy L. Cook, Ann Grayson, Heather H. Macek, Kevin L. McLaren, Scott M. Simmonds and David A.W. Wong are in the Indianapolis office; Kelly J. Hartzler and Alice J. Springer practice in the South Bend location.

Jonathan Emenhiser and Thao Nguyen have been promoted to partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun. Emenhiser is in the Indianapolis office; Nguyen practices in the South Bend office.

Erin A. Clancy has been promoted to senior partner and Crystal G. Rowe has been promoted to partner at Kightlinger & Gray. Clancy is in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Rowe is in the firm’s New Albany office.

Michael C. Cooley, Jon A. Keyes and Philip C. Sheward of the Greenfield law firm Allen Wellman McNew have been named partners.

Elections and Appointments
Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo, of Indianapolis firm Lewis Wagner, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc. Her appointment will run through 2014.

Alexandra Sylvia, a partner with Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, has been named secretary for the Indiana State Bar Association board of governors.

Steven Badger, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, has been elected “chair elect” of the Professional Legal Education, Admission and Development Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.

MaryEllen Kiley Bishop, partner at Cohen Garelick & Glazier in Indianapolis, has been elected as a fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana recently named its 2012 officers and directors: Lonnie D. Johnson, of Clendening Johnson & Bohrer in Bloomington, is president; Jerry E. Huelat, of Huelat Mack & Kreppein in Michigan City, is president-elect; James D. Johnson, of Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson in Evansville, is vice president; Thomas C. Hays, of Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis, is secretary; and James W. Hehner, of Hehner & Associates in Indianapolis, is treasurer. Scott M. Kyrouac, of Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy in Terre Haute, is immediate past president and Thomas Schultz, of Schultz & Pogue in Indianapolis, will continue his duties as DRI state representative for Indiana.

Members of the board of directors are: Marian C. Drenth of Johnson & Bell in Crown Point; Renee Mortimer of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Schererville; James P. Strenski of Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer in Indianapolis; Stacy Forster Thompson of Clendening Johnson & Bohrer in Bloomington; Michele S. Bryant of Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn in Evansville; Timothy DeGroote of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in Fort Wayne; David A. DeMoss with State Farm Litigation in Indianapolis; Gregory Freyberger of Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn in Evansville; J. Curtis Greene of Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis; Libby Valos Moss of Kightlinger & Gray in Indianapolis; Kori McOmber of Schultz & Pogue in Indianapolis; Michael Rabinowitch of Wooden & McLaughlin in Indianapolis; Robert B. Thornburg, of Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis; Kevin C. Tyra of The Tyra Law Firm in Indianapolis; and John P. Twohy of Eichhorn & Eichhorn in Hammond.

Awards and Honors
Roger Pardieck, of The Pardieck Law Firm in Seymour, was named the 2011 Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. This is the second time Pardieck has won this award.

Amie Peele Carter, of Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis, has been awarded the Indianapolis Choice award by the National Association of Women Business Owners-Indianapolis. Carter was recognized for her advocacy for the organization and Indiana’s women business owners.

Jeffrey S. Dible, a member of Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis, has received the 2011 Patricia Paxton Wagner Award for Excellence in Estate Planning and Administration. The award is given by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Administration Section.

A. Richard M. Blaiklock, of Indianapolis firm Lewis Wagner, has received the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2011 Civility Award.

Nathan A. Leach, partner at Drewry Simmons Vornehm in Indianapolis, has been accepted into the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

Michael S. Miller, founding partner of the Indianapolis firm Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Colleen M. Powers, of the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman, has been named the Indianapolis Bar Association’s “2011 Young Lawyer of the Year.”

New Firms/Locations
Timothy C. Caress has opened Caress Law Group in Indianapolis. Caress focuses his practice on medical malpractice and personal injury.

Wanzer Edwards has moved to the Circle Tower in downtown Indianapolis.•

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  1. Am I the only one who sees that the City is essentially giving away the MSA site AND giving millions to build new buildings on the site when this site would be the perfect place for the Justice Complex? Across from City-County, check; keeping it centrally located, check, etc. It's my understanding that the GM site must be purchased by the City from Motors Liquidation Company. STOP WASTING WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE AND OUR TAX DOLLARS! The Ballard Administration has not been known for it's common sense...never voted for him and never will!

  2. This guy sounds like the classic molester/manipulator.

  3. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856. At 9 years of age it would have been 1865. The Brandeis family did not own slaves. My source Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin L. Urofsky.

  4. My name is Matthew Lucas Major, I recently went through a jury trial in Bloomington , In. It was the week of Feb 19-21. Although I have been incarcerated since August 5, 2014. The reason I 'am writing to you sir is on the 21 of February the jury came in with a very excessive and wrongful verdict of guilty on 6 child molesting charges against my daughter who was 9 at the time I was accused. I also had 2 other Felonies one of Intimidation and 1 of Sexual Vicarious Gratification. Judge Marc Kellam on the second day of trial gave me a not guilty on those 2 felonies. The jury was sent out during that time and when brought back Judge Kellam told them to not concern themselves with the 2 Felonies that he ruled on them. They were told to not let evidence they had already heard influence there verdicts. I never in my life touched any child sexually and definitely not with my own daughter. When I was arrested Detective Shawn Karr told me I would be convicted guilty just on my daughters word even without evidence. That's just what happened. my public defender did me so wrong he never once proved to the court and jury all the lies the child told, and Jeremy Noel my public defender could of proven the lies easily. The stories in Serenity's depositions and Forensic interview changed and were not consistent as Prosecutor Darcie Fawcett claimed they were. Yet my attorney never mentioned that. The facts that the child accused me of full penetration in her vagina and rectum was proven lies. Doctor Roberta Hibbard of Riley hospital in Indianapolis confirmed Serenity's hymen intact, no scars, no tearing, no signs of rape to her. Yet my attorney didn't use that knowledge . the DNA was all in my favor. I tell you I will spend my entire life in prison going through rape and beatings etc. even Judge Kellam abused his authority by telling the jurors to listen and believe what the prosecutors side in evidence like my daughters testimony. In one interview with the detectives my daughter got flustered with her mom and said on camera " I'm saying what you told me to mom"!! Yet Mr. Noel said nor did anything to even resemble a defense attorney. Judge Kellam allowed edited version of a taped conversation between the child and her mother. Also Judge Kellam allowed the Prosecutor too bring in to my case a knife found under my seat, the knife wasn't part of my case. She was allowed by my attorney and the judge to put a huge picture of it on the screen and huge picture of my naked privates in a full courtroom and open court. Ms. Fawcett says to jury see how easy Mr. Major could reach the knife and cut his Childs throat. Even though I had no weapons charge against these cases. This gave the jurors prejudice thought against me thinking I threatened her with that knife and how scared she would of been knowing i could get it and kill her. On my sentencing court March 19, 2014 my public defender told Judge Kellam he wish to resign from being my attorney and wished for the court to give me outside council to file a error to trial or appeal. We were denied. Now after openly knowing my public defender don't want to represent me he has to. Well when as parents we make our kids clean a room when they really don't wish to, well the child will but don't mean she will do a good job, that's where I'm at with Mr. Noel. please dont ignore mine and my families pleas for your help . we have all the legal proof you could need to prove Im innocent. Please dont make my spend years in prison innocent when you can fix this wrong. Im not saying Im a perfect man or that I was a perfect dad to my 2 children none of us are. Ive made some bad choices in life and I paid for them. But I didnt ever touch or rape my daughter . I love my children with all my heart. And now through needing attention and a ex-wife who told my granny several times she wish she could put me in prison to get me out of their lives. Well my ex finally accomplished her goal. Sad part is she is destroying our daughter with all this horrific lies and things she taught my daughter to say. My daughter will need therapist to ever hope for a chance of a normal life after what she had done to her by her mom and their side of the family. My daughter told everyone even on stand she had a dream months before i supposedly molested her in this dream I was molesting her and when I finally did it matched her dream perfectly. She admitted to watching movies about little girls being molested and watching U-Tube videos about child molesting all before it happened supposedly to her. Doesn't that sound very unusual that a non molested 9 yr old would need to know so much about being molested? The only reason I could think a 9 year old would need so much information is to be prepared to know what to say and be able to say how it felt what took place etc.. So when questioned by authorities she would be prepared. And there again sir if a parent is pre grooming a 9 year old child she would need intimate details . Like telling her daughter about a couple moles on my private area. The child admitted to sneaking my cell and looking many many times at nudes of me and my girlfriend even one where my penis was entering my girlfriends vagina. In that picture my moles are obvious. Yet when prosecutor showed everyone in court my privates and pictures of the moles she said the only way the child would know about them is if she saw them for herself. My attorney once again said nothing about the pictures my child saw. Or could a ex-wife be able to describe my moles to help her case against getting rid of me? I beg you help me. This is my very existence. Ive lost everything , a good job, a wonderful girlfriend, my freedom, but worse thing Ive lost is my children. They were my reason to get up every morning and strive to be better. The wonderful bond I had with my Serenity is gone. After this I would be afraid to even hug her for fear of what next can they do to me. I'm not afraid to tell you I sit here in this cell and try to hold back my tears. Everyone knows you cant show weakness in prison. My life has already been threatened here at Wabash Valley Prison. After only 3 days of arrival. I was tricked into signing a waiver now Im in G Block General Population with 6 child molesting felony charges. Mrs. Hart as a 18 year old I almost died hooked to machines in hospital almost 1 month and now I know that fear was childish compared to this . I cant help but put emotions in this, after all Mrs. Hart Im human and God help Me I never been more afraid in my life. I didnt hurt my little girl I didnt touch her sexually. As much as it shreds me and fills my mind what Im facing I worry more about my mom and granny because of their great love for me mam they are suffering so deeply. I aint done this things but my loved ones suffering right along beside me and If you take my case you will be in essence freeing them also. I sent momma this letter and asked her to email it to you. I'm scared I have been done so unjustly by our legal system and I need you to fix this and give me freedom. I ask you please don't just ignore my pleas. Here in America its nice to be able to trust our legal justice system, well they destroyed my and my loved ones trust in our justice system . And I'm trusting in You !!! My entire family is suffering this nightmare with me. My 77 year old granny had a stroke and isn't doing so well. My single mother that raised 3 kids alone is dying from Lupus and since my arrest has stayed so sick and weary. Our lives torn to peices by a government I was taught I could trust in. my momma has tried so many innocent project and wrongfully accused and cant get anywhere. please please help me. A quote from the late Nelson Mandela: To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, But to live in a way that respects and enhances The Freedom Of Others. I have Faith in you and your clinic to cast my chains off and give me freedom I do deserve as a wrongfully accused Man, son, brother, father, friend. Matthew Major DOC# 246179 Cause # : 53c02-1308-FA-000779 God Bless you. Please contact me with your decision so I know you made a life changing decision for me , just please at least write me so I know you care enough about your citizens to respond to cries for your help. You can speak openly with my mother Charlotte Spain (828) 476-0406: 71 Lakeview Dr. Canton, NC 28716 Thank You Matthew Major I know yall get thousands of request and inmates claiming innocence, and each person who are innocent deserve to have organizations like yours willing to fight for them and I give yall so much Thanks and I thank God everyday yall are out there caring enough to help free the innocents. Since discovering firsthand how easily lives and families can be destroyed by Poor Defense attorneys not doing their job . And Prosecutors allowed to do as they please in court

  5. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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