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On the Move - 3/2/11

IL Staff
March 2, 2011
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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 Kelly Lucas at klucas@ibj.com

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.

Promotions
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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