On The Move - 3/27/13

IL Staff
March 27, 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 managing editor Jennifer Nelson at
New Associations
Bobby A. Courtney has been hired as director of planning and policy at MESH, which offers clinical training, health care intelligence and policy development to partner organizations in central Indiana.
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*Sam G. Duncan Jr., *Michala P. Irons and *Zachary C. Raibley have joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office. Duncan will serve as of counsel in the intellectual property department. Irons has joined as a member of the corporate department, and Raibley has joined as a member of the litigation department.
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*Jeremy N. Gayed has been elected partner at the Fort Wayne law firm of Barrett & McNagny LLP.
Mark S. Fryman Jr. has become partner at Starr Austen & Miller LLP in Logansport.
Appointments and Elections
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*Crystal T. Williams of Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office has been named as a 2013 member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows class. Attorneys from around the country participate in the program, which identifies, trains and advances the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
Awards and Honors
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*Anne Hamilton of Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP has received the Trust & Estate Specialty Certification from the Indiana State Bar Association Certification Board.
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP partner *Shannon K. Reed has been named to Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s 40 Under 40 in recognition of her career achievement and community involvement.
Firm Name Change
Indianapolis law firm Brannon Robinson P.C. has changed its name to Brannon Sowers & Cracraft P.C.

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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.