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On The Move - 5/26/10

May 26, 2010
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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. 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.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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