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. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

  2. Moreover, we all know that the well heeled ACLU has a litigation strategy of outspending their adversaries. And, with the help of the legal system well trained in secularism, on top of the genuinely and admittedly secular 1st amendment, they have the strategic high ground. Maybe Christians should begin like the Amish to withdraw their services from the state and the public and become themselves a "people who shall dwell alone" and foster their own kind and let the other individuals and money interests fight it out endlessly in court. I mean, if "the people" don't see how little the state serves their interests, putting Mammon first at nearly every turn, then maybe it is time they wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe all the displays of religiosity by American poohbahs on down the decades have been a mask of piety that concealed their own materialistic inclinations. I know a lot of patriotic Christians don't like that notion but I entertain it more and more all the time.

  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.