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On The Move - 5/26/10

May 26, 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 Elizabeth Brockett at ejbrockett@ibj.com

Elections/Appointments

Frost Brown Todd member Terrence L. Brookie, Indianapolis, has been elected to the American College of Construction Lawyers Board of Governors. Brookie also serves as co-chair of the ACCL’s Insurance Committee and concentrates his practice in the area of construction and surety law.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has reappointed John H. Brooke, partner at Brooke Mawhorr in Muncie, and Sharon L. Groeger, legal counsel for Indiana University, Bloomington, to the Indiana Political Subdivision Risk Management Commission. Daniels also appointed Suzanne M. O’Malley, assistant director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Fishers, and Sonya Scott-Dix, attorney at Dix Law, Merrillville, to the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council.

New Associations
Melinda (“Mindy”) R. Shapiro has joined Krieg DeVault’s Indianapolis office as a partner. Her practice includes medical and professional malpractice defense of nursing homes and other health-care providers as well as representation of health-care providers in litigation and enforcement proceedings. 

James A. Coles, Ryan O. White and Anthony P. Filomena II have joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Indianapolis as partners, expanding the firm’s intellectual property practice. Taft now will extend its services into Raleigh, N.C., where the new attorneys have an established client base.

Honors/Awards
Jan Michelsen, a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart in Indianapolis, has been inducted as a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow. Fellows are selected and invited after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. She counsels and defends management in all areas of labor and employment law.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance presented its Community Spirit Award to retired Baker & Daniels lawyer Mac Parker. The award was then renamed the “Maclyn Parker Swagger Award for Community Spirit” for its initial recipient. Parker had practiced law at Baker & Daniels for more than 50 years.

Kim Ferraro, founder and executive director of the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation of Indiana, received this year’s Cloverdale College Community Service Award. The award was given in recognition of her tireless efforts to empower Indiana residents and conservation organizations to fight pollution in their communities. Ferraro heads the only nonprofit environmental law center in Indiana. 

James M. Barkley, general counsel and secretary of Simon Property Group Inc. in Indianapolis, was honored at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards ceremony. The award is given to those who contributed to excellence in a school or program at IUPUI.•
 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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