On The Move 8/28/13

August 28, 2013
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On The Move

On The Move highlights employment news, awards and honors attorneys receive, and board appointments or elected positions. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpg. Color images are preferred. Information must be submitted at least 10 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Submit your announcement at or email to editor Kelly Lucas at
Brett E. Osborne has joined the firm Hocker & Associates LLC. He practices personal injury and criminal law.

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*Deborah J. Vargo has joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity’s professional staff as general counsel and executive team member.

Donald J. Smith has joined Stark & Smith LLP as a partner. Neha Matta has joined Lewis Wagner LLP as an associate. She will focus her practice on civil litigation including insurance defense, premises liability, product liability, construction and trucking cases.

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*Lori Torres has joined Ice Miller LLP as an attorney in the firm’s public affairs group. Torres is a former advisor to Gov. Mitch Daniels, having served as the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor.

Appointments & Elections

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Lewis Wagner LLP attorney *Brett Hoy has been elected to the Indiana Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society board of directors.
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Harrison & Moberly LLP associate *Jennifer L. Strange has been selected for participation in the 11th class of the IndyBar Bar Leader Series.

Cohen Garelick & Glazier partner MaryEllen Kiley Bishop has been elected to serve as the Indiana University board of trustee’s vice chair.
Attorneys Janet D. Hocker, Vicki L. Fortino, Kassandra Green and Brett E. Osborne, of Hocker & Associates LLC, have relocated their office to 6626 E. 75th St., Suite 410, Indianapolis.

The law firm of Jacob Hammerle & Johnson have opened new offices at 345 South Main St., Zionsville.
Ice Miller LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP have each been named among the 2013 “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. Both firms indicate that 37 percent of their respective attorneys are women, and each was recognized for innovative programs to support advancement and leadership by female attorneys.•


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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.