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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.

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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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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