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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. 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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