IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class XII Demonstrates Leadership in Action

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bar-leader-15col.jpg Members of Bar Leader Series Class XII smile along with Class Chair Chris Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC, at the Class XII Celebration on May 19.

Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn. Participants in Class XII of the series clearly took this to heart, sharing impactful, visionary community service projects at the Class XII Celebration, held May 19. The celebration marked the culmination of this year’s series.

Congratulations to the talented, ambitious members of Class XII!

Bar Leader Series Class XII Projects (in no particular order)

Team 1:


Andrew Duncan, Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook; Christina Fugate, Ice Miller LLP; Nicholas Reuhs, Ice Miller LLP; Shaunestte Terrell, Marion County Prosecutor’s O­ce; Andrea Warren, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Project: This team developed a mentoring program for at-risk high school seniors at a struggling IPS school who are on the brink of graduating, to provide encouragement and assistance.

Collaborating Entity: John Marshall Community High School

Team 2:

Manny Herceg, Lewis & Kappes PC; B. Ronan Johnson, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Jason Lee, Lewis Wagner LLP; Finis Tatum, Foley & Abbott; Mindy Westrick, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
iba-leaders-factbox.jpg Project: This team built relationships between at-risk youth younger than eighth grade and law enforcement. They also provided nutrition and resources in traditionally underserved settings.

Collaborating Entities: Martin Luther King Community Center, Gleaners Food Bank, Indianapolis Fire Department

Team 3:

Roxana Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; D. Elizabeth Cox, Cox & Koons; Jane Glynn, Wanzer Edwards PC; Kristin Caldwell, Duvall Bloomer & Caldwell PC; TaKeena Thompson, Cohen & Malad LLP

Project: This team taught high school students about dating violence and helped them develop a program that the students then taught to all eighth graders at a local school.

Collaborating Entity: Northwest High School

Team 4:

Kate Erdel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; John Huang, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Shannon Logsdon, Marion Superior Court; Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Tara Worthley, Langer & Langer

Project: This team provided an environment for increasing literacy and familial bonding between young children and parental figures through interactive reading experiences.

Collaborating Entities: Indianapolis Public School 15 and other youth focused organizations in Indianapolis

Team 5

Jay Chaudhary, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.; Mike Commons, Indiana Supreme Court; Harmony Mappes, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Carolyn Powers, The Powers Law Firm; Allison Stevens, Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP

Project: This team collaborated with experts to develop a toolkit for families of children dealing with mental health issues (see sidebar). They also worked with student groups at IUPUI to stage an event highlighting awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues.

Collaborating Entities: National Association for Mental Illness–Indiana Chapter, IUPUI

Interested in the Bar Leader Series experience? Applications are being accepted now for Class XIII, which will begin in September 2015 and run through May 2016. Details, application instructions and scholarship information can be found online at Applications are due June 23, 2015.•

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