On The Move - 8/18/10

August 18, 2010
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On The Move

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Walter Sandoval of Schererville has become a partner of Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz & Vinovich. The law firm has offices in Highland and Portage. Sandoval is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois. He focuses on personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful-death cases.

Elliott I. Pinkie has been appointed partner at Hoover Hull in Indianapolis. Pinkie practices in the areas of medical malpractice and nursing home defense, medical licensing and credentialing, premises and products liability, and general civil litigation.

The Indiana Paralegal Association presented the following awards to paralegals around Indiana: Leadership Award – Courtney Mills, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman; Outstanding Board Member of the Year – Debra Davis, Bingham McHale; Outstanding New Member – Heather Schuyler, Kroger Gardis & Regas; and Outstanding Paralegal of the Year – Lauren Jones, Jones Wallace.

New fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation were inducted recently at the Fellows annual dinner and meeting in French Lick.

The New Patron Fellows for 2010 are Richard Komyatte, Richard Komyatte & Associates, Highland; Robert C. Beasley, Paws Inc., Albany; Darnail Lyles, Darnail Lyles Counselor at Law, Gary; Marianne Mitten Owen, Stuart & Branigin, Lafayette; Jerome Withered, Withered Burns & Persin, Lafayette; and Richard J. Thrapp and Michael A. Wukmer, Ice Miller, Indianapolis.

The New Master Fellows are George N. Bewley Jr., Bewley & Koday, Fort Wayne; Mark A. Warsco, Rothberg Logan & Warsco,  Fort Wayne; Eric M. Cavanaugh, Duke Energy Indiana, Plainfield;  Charles R. Dunlap, Indiana Bar Foundation, Indianapolis; John David Hoover, Hoover Hull, Indianapolis; John V. Moriarty, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry, Indianapolis; Daniel W. Bradford, The Law Office of Daniel W. Bradford, Indianapolis; and Robert T. Grand and Kenneth H. Inskeep, Barnes & Thornburg, Indianapolis.

The New Fellows are Ronald W. Buchmeier, Hopper Blackwell, Indianapolis; David J. Carr and Philip C. Genetos, Ice Miller, Indianapolis; John A. Cremer and Suzanne Katt, Cremer & Cremer, Indianapolis; J. Murray Clark, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis; Edward A Sullivan III, Baker & Daniels, South Bend; Michael R. Conner and Donald R. Lundberg, Barnes & Thornburg, Indianapolis; Michael V. Knight, Damon R. Leichty, and David Pruitt, Barnes & Thornburg, South Bend; David J. Theising, Harrison & Moberly, Indianapolis; Alice McKenzie Morical, Hoover Hull, Indianapolis; Claire E. Lewis, The Law Office of Claire E. Lewis, Indianapolis; Lante K. Earnest and Robert G. Weddle, Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, Indianapolis; John F. Culp, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates, Noblesville; Amy G. Higdon, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates, Carmel; Bryan L. Bradley, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates, Valparaiso; Edward J. Hussey, Liberty Homes, Valparaiso; Barry Rooth, Theodoros & Rooth, Merrillville; Hon. Dena Martin, Green Superior Court, Bloomfield; Mark Foster, Foster & O’Daniel, Evansville; Michael Charles Keating, Keating & LaPlante, Evansville; Dirck H. Stahl, Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders, Evansville; and Russell T. Woodson, Evansville.

James Dimos, an Indianapolis member of Frost Brown Todd, became a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors. He focuses his practice on business litigation.

The Indiana Paralegal Association recently installed its 2010-11 officers and directors: Pamela Retherford, president; Diana Miller, vice president; Brenda Johnson, secretary; Kathy Thurston, treasurer; Debbie Davis, education director; Lauren Jones, ethics director; Jillian Szalankiewcz, fundraiser director; Angela White, job bank director; Kari Berger, marketing/public relations director; Julie Johnson, membership director; Teri Ulm, monthly meetings director; Tammy Froelich, newsletter editor director; Edna Wallace, National Federation of Paralegal Associations primary director; Emily Miller, parliamentarian director; and Monica Dabio, technology director.•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.