On the Move - 3/2/11

IL Staff
March 2, 2011
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On The Move

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New Associations
The law firm of Betz & Associates has become Betz + Blevins. Attorney Sandra Blevins has been named a partner with the firm.

The law firm of Burke Costanza & Cuppy has become Burke Costanza & Carberry. Managing Partner George W. Carberry’s name has been included.
Elections and Appointments
The Indiana Supreme Court recently appointed three new members for five-year terms to the Commission for Continuing Legal Education. New members include Steven A. Spence, an attorney mediator with The Mediation Alternative in Indianapolis; Angela L. Freel, a partner at Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson in Evansville and vice president of the Evansville Legal Aid Society; and Dr. Howard Mzumara, the non-attorney member of the commission, a psychometrician and director of the Testing Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The commission also elected 2011 officers including Joseph H. Yeager Jr., chair; Hon. Charles K. Todd Jr., vice chair; John D. Ulmer, secretary; and Kellye M. Gordon, treasurer.

David Barret, a Baker & Daniels partner and business and corporate finance team group leader, was elected to a three-year term on the firm’s strategic and policy board. Hud Pfeiffer, a partner and labor and employment practice group leader, was re-elected to a three-year term on that board.

The following have been re-appointed to Baker & Daniels executive committee: Roger Flower, chief operating officer; Steve Jackson, health care and life sciences practice; Scott Kosnoff, managing partner for professional personnel, insurance and financial services practice; Jackie Simmons, managing partner for client services, leader of China and international practice; Greg Utken, managing partner for legal practices, labor and employment law practice; Dave Zook, managing partner for consulting practices, federal budgetary, legislative, and regulatory practice, Washington, D.C.

Andrew R. Duncan has been named a partner in the Indianapolis firm Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook effective Jan. 1, 2011.  He concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation as well as law enforcement liability defense. 

Carol Dillon and Jeb Crandall have been named partners at Bleeke Dillon Crandall, formerly known as Sweetin & Bleeke.

Kristin B. Keltner has been named managing shareholder of the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart. She concentrates her practice in employment litigation. Christopher C. Murray and Stephanie A. Smithey have been named shareholders of the firm.

Stephen M. Werner has been promoted to corporate counsel, licensing and transactional, at Redcats USA, a global home shopping company.

New Firms/Locations
Former Hancock Superior Judge Richard T. Payne has opened Alternate Routes to Resolution in Greenfield, offering mediation, arbitration, and private judge services. Judge Payne also serves as a Henry Circuit senior judge and probate commissioner.•


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues