IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, December 18

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Judge David Cook of the Marion County Superior Court 7 Criminal Division has been named Director of the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

Tamara McMillian of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP will take over as Marion Superior Court Paternity Court Commissioner effective January 1. McMillian will leave the firm at that time and will replace Sheryl Lynch, who will become Marion Circuit Court Judge.

Six associates have joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office: Caitlin R. Brandon, intellectual property; Ian D. Clouse, intellectual property; David A. Frazee, litigation; Jacob A. German, governmental services & finance; Naomi Y. Kwang, corporate department; and Alicia M. Raines, litigation.

John B. Bishop of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC has been elected by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Indiana State Chapter, to be the president of the organization’s Young Leadership Committee.

Ronald E. Elberger of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana Inc.  for his outstanding contribution of time and resources to the foundation.

Richard C. Richmond III of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been elected president of Woodstock Club, effective Dec. 1.

Jessica M. Dugdale  and Derek B. Lavender have joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as associates.

Justin A. Allen and Matthew D. Neumann have joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP as associate attorneys.

Kyli Willis has joined Cordell & Cordell PC as an associate.

Alexander C. Trueblood has joined Cohen & Malad LLP as an associate.

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IndyBar Members Show the Spirit of Giving Year-Round

Be it spring, summer, fall or winter, IndyBar members have been hands-on from the start this year. Several IndyBar sections and divisions as well as Indianapolis Bar Foundation Fellows organized community service events that served in a variety of ways in 2014, from meal preparation to cleaning up downtown. While the service projects changed from month to month, one thing didn’t: the generous spirit of IndyBar members. At each event, a willingness and enthusiasm to give time, skills and financial resources was clearly present in each volunteer.

Young Lawyers Division and Go Green Committee: Great Indy Cleanup

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) kicked off the year with a Go Green Committee volunteer event on April 26. They pitched in to help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful at the organization’s annual “Great Indy Cleanup.” The event was held in Fountain Square, and YLD volunteers spent the day painting a 4,500-square-foot mural in the neighborhood. More than 20 members from YLD participated, and the division donated $500 toward supplies that were used for the painting. The YLD certainly left a mark – the mural is visible underneath the Interstate 65 overpass at Prospect Street.

IBF Fellows: Gleaners and Ronald McDonald House of Indiana


IBF Fellows assemble BackSacks at Gleaners Food Bank.

On July 23, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellows spent the morning volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. During their time there, 12 Fellows and family members joined together to pack 1,854 BackSacks. BackSacks are grocery bags filled with food that are delivered to children every Friday throughout the school year. These bags provide elementary school students with nutritious meals and snacks during weekends. The volunteers worked for over two hours stuffing each bag full of kid-friendly, shelf-stable food for Indianapolis schoolchildren to enjoy.

IBF Distinguished Fellows also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on Sept. 30. They prepared and served a meal to around 40 guests who are all family members of seriously ill or injured children. The Fellows also donated items to the Ronald McDonald House, including hand sanitizer, deodorant, paper towels and other necessities. IBF Fellows have been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House every year since 2010.

Health Care and Life Sciences Section: Growing Places Indy

On Aug. 3, members from the Health Care & Life Sciences Section got their hands dirty with Growing Places Indy. They spent the afternoon working at the Legacy Center, one of the organization’s seven farming sites in Indianapolis. Volunteers and some family members harvested cucumbers and tomatoes, turned over beds for fall crops and planted beets. These crops are then sold at a farm stand, local restaurants and in a Community Supported Agriculture program. Growing Places Indy works to cultivate the culture of urban agriculture and healthy lifestyle, and the IndyBar volunteers pitched in during one of their peak seasons to help do just that.

Women and the Law Division: Dream Dinners for EMBRACE and The Julian Center

The Women and the Law Division (WLD) helped prepare meals for families in need on Sept. 6 and 9. The group of 27 volunteers worked at Dream Dinners in Fishers, where they prepared meals for families of The Julian Center and Eskenazi’s EMBRACE program. The Julian Center supports women who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the EMBRACE program at Eskenazi provides support to female patients diagnosed with cancer. With the volunteers’ help and generous support from sponsors, around 140 three-serving meals were prepared for these families.

Indy Attorneys Network Section: The ISBA Annual Day of Service


Indy Attorneys Network Section pitches in during the ISBA Day of Service.

Later that month on Sept. 20, the Indy Attorneys Network Section took to the land and participated in the second “Annual Day of Service.” This event takes place statewide and covers a variety of service areas where attorneys and judges can work alongside one another to help out their communities. The Indy Attorneys Network Section volunteers worked at Indy Urban Acres, an eight-acre farm that donates all of its produce to local food pantries in a partnership with Gleaners Food Bank. Judges, lawyers, law students and family members joined in the project. The section members cleared an entire field of tomato plants and collected more than 200 pounds of tomatoes. Afterward, the volunteers delivered these tomatoes to the food bank.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section: Mediation Day

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section finished September strong with their annual Mediation Day on Sept. 26. The event was coordinated by Section Chair Phyllis Armstrong of The Mediation Group and was hosted by Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Ten section members volunteered to spend a day mediating a total of 10 paternity court cases, which cleared up valuable room on the court’s docket. Law students were invited to shadow the mediation sessions and get a firsthand look at the process for the second year in a row. Two commissioners were also on site to sign any settlements, and Armstrong says that a majority of the cases usually reach settlement by the end of the day.

Labor & Employment Law Section: Small-Business Employment Law Seminar

On Nov. 13, the Labor & Employment Law Section hosted the “Small Business Employment Law Seminar,” a multi-hour event for small-business employers. The attorneys provided attendees with valuable tips and information in an informal and affordable setting. The program was designed to benefit employers who may not have their own human resource professionals or employment counsel. The seminar covered which employment laws apply to small-business owners, best practices for hiring and discipline, wage issues and essentials for personnel documentation.

Environmental Law Section: Second Helpings


Environmental Law Section members pause for a group photo while volunteering to help Second Helpings prepare for its annual fundraising events.

On Nov. 14, members of the Environmental Law Section and IU McKinney School of Law Environmental Law Society volunteered at Second Helpings. The group toured the facility and then helped prepare it for Second Helpings’ annual fundraising events, Tiny Tonic and Tonic Ball. Each event features local artists and musicians and the funds go toward helping Second Helpings provide thousands of meals each day. Tiny Tonic was held on Nov. 16 and the Tonic Ball was held on Nov. 21.

Paralegal Committee: Teddy Bear Challenge for Bears on Patrol Program

On Dec. 4, the Paralegal Committee hosted their annual holiday luncheon and Teddy Bear Challenge. The Teddy Bear Challenge is part of the “Bears on Patrol” program, which collects stuffed animals to be given to children by first responders during frightening and challenging events. The Paralegal Committee collected 3,577 teddy bears this year and recognized Frost Brown Todd LLC for collecting the most bears of any firm at 1,487. Hoover Hull LLP was also recognized for donating the most bears per employee at 15 bears each. Cheryl Keene hand-knitted five animals for the cause. The collection went to representatives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS.

Women and the Law Division: Coburn Place Holiday Party

On Dec. 13, the Women and the Law Division hosted a holiday party for families at the Coburn Place. Division Chair Elect Elizabeth R. Polleys of Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said, “Our holiday party at Coburn Place is a special opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with other members of our community. Our member-volunteers always enjoy this occasion to work together to provide a fun time for families who could most use some holiday cheer and the recognition that we are thinking about these families, we value them and we admire their courage in the face of domestic violence and other adversities.” Coburn Place is a residential domestic violence program and works to empower survivors of domestic violence. The Women and the Law Division has celebrated their holiday party with Coburn Place families for the past several years.

More to Come

The year may be coming to an end, but the spirit of giving is still going strong for IndyBar sections and divisions. Still to come in 2014, the Young Lawyers Division will “adopt” two families for the holidays. The division will purchase, wrap and deliver gifts for the eight members of these families. Photos from this project will be available online here.

These generous initiatives will continue in 2015. With several volunteer projects already in the works, now is the perfect time to jump on board with an IndyBar section, division or committee so that you can make a difference in the city you call home and the community that is your own.

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Bar Talk December: Legal News You Need to Know

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The latest legal scoop to keep you in the loop: Here are the top five stories from the IndyBar this month.

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What the Media Isn’t Telling You About the Redskins Lawsuit
By Kaylea Weiler, SmithAmundsen LLC
The sensational headlines lead many readers to jump to conclusions about the motives and mess of the Washington Redskins ongoing legal battle over their trademark. In this post, Kaylea Weiler talks about the legal reasoning behind recent decisions and explains what the media doesn’t convey in their coverage of the case.
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Indiana Supreme Court Declares Failure to File Agency Record Must Result in Dismissal
By Josh S. Tatum, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
On November 13, the Indiana Supreme Court resolved “a long-standing lack of consensus” and held that Indiana’s Administrative Orders and Procedures Act (AOPA) requires petitioners seeking judicial review of agency actions to file the official agency record with the trial court. This post by Josh S. Tatum explains more about the decision and the history of the cases leading up to it.
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Do Not Waive Your Client’s Petition for Post-Secondary Education Expenses
By Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC
In this post, Richard A. Mann summarizes a recent opinion issued by the Indiana Court of Appeals that determines what age a petition for post-secondary educational expenses must be filed in light of legislative amendments to the Indiana Code.
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What Role Should Lawyers Play in the Drafting of an Expert’s Report in Light of the 2010 Amendments
By Laura Gorman, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Changes made in 2010 to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure significantly affected the limits of expert discovery and now generally protect from disclosure the communication between a lawyer and a retained expert. In this article, Laura Gorman talks about the way that has affected litigation in the years since and the appropriate role that lawyers should play in the drafting of an expert’s report despite the limited disclosure.
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Search of Student Backpack that Uncovered Handgun in Indianapolis School Ruled Constitutional
By Todd Relue, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

On Nov. 13, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that a school police officer’s search of a student backpack, which revealed a handgun, was constitutional. Check out this post to read more about the case and the Court’s reasoning for this ruling.
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If you’re hanging out with people who aren’t lawyers, here’s something even they will find interesting: Hanger has real consequences. Turns out that hunger can hinder mediation efforts, and we all know it’s a fine line between hunger and anger. Next time you’re dealing with a tense conversation or feeling irritated, take five and grab a bite to eat. You’ll be more successful – and satisfied – if you do

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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McDonalds Isn’t Sweet on McSweet

By Gabriel Applegate, SmithAmundsen LLC

After selling pickles under the MCSWEET mark for nearly 20 years, Washington-based McSweet LLC applied for a federal trademark registration, only to be blocked by McDonald’s ubiquitous “MC” family of marks. As the reader undoubtedly knows, McDonald’s family of “MC” marks includes everything from “MCDONALD’S” and “MCFLURRY” to  “MCCHICKEN,” “MCDOUBLE,” “MCRIB,” “MCMUFFIN,” “MCSKILLET,” “MCGRIDDLES,” “MCCAFE” and “MCNUGGETS.”

In fact, according to McDonald’s, customers “MC” menu items even when McDonald’s does not. A McDonald’s representative testified, “They ‘MC’ everything that we sell, even if we don’t…We will offer a product like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. They will call it the McQuarter Pounder with Cheese.” McDonald’s also easily cleared the bar of establishing fame by showing that it has used the mark since 1955, operates 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. which serve 26 million people daily, and has widely advertised for decades.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board determined that MCSWEET is likely to be viewed as a member of McDonald’s MC family of marks, regardless of similarity to any one of McDonald’s individual “MC” marks, because it followed McDonald’s established pattern of using “MC” followed by a descriptive or generic term for the product. The Board reasoned that ”pickled gourmet vegetables” are commonly used and sold by fast food restaurants and are sufficiently related to McDonald’s food products and services that consumer confusion is likely. Moreover, even if McSweet’s pickles were not so closely related to McDonald’s burgers and fries, the MCSWEET mark diluted McDonald’s family of MC marks by blurring their distinctiveness.

Read more about the case in this article.

This post was written by Gabriel Applegate, SmithAmundsen LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Intellectual Property Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

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Getting Along is Not Wrong: Professionalism Shines Through Pro Bono Work

Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate,” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.

Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior. Check out the entry below and continue checking back for future installments.

Kellie M. Barr, Member of IndyBar Professionalism Committee –

I learned professionalism early in my career from George Patton at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. George was already an established appellate attorney, but he was always looking to give back and had accepted a pro bono appointment from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals shortly before I joined his firm. Our client was a prisoner who believed that his constitutional rights had been violated. Although it was a long shot for us to win and we weren’t going to get paid for our work, George spent countless hours on the case to ensure that our client received the best representation possible. His tireless efforts culminated in the Supreme Court of the United States calling for a response to the certiorari petition we filed. Although it ultimately declined to accept jurisdiction over our case, watching George vigorously and civilly advocate for our client was an inspiring show of professionalism.

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Save the Date for the 2015 Installation Luncheon

The New Year is just weeks away…Make sure to mark your brand-new 2015 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.

At the luncheon, IndyBar President John Trimble and 2015 Indianapolis Bar Foundation President Erin Clancy will take the oaths of office to officially kick off the year for the association and foundation. The board of directors for each organization will also be installed. Registration is available here.

2015 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors

President: John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

President Elect: Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana

First Vice President: Nissa M. Ricafort, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Immediate Past President: Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Treasurer: Jimmie L. McMillian, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Secretary: William E. Winingham Jr., Wilson Kehoe Winingham

Counsel to the Board: Susan E. Cline, Lewis Wagner LLP

Vice Presidents:

James J. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Stephanie L. Cassman, Lewis Wagner LLP

Hon. James B. Osborn, Marion Superior Court

Kelly M. Scanlan, Baker & Gilchrist

At-Large Members:

James A. Edgar, J. Edgar Law Offices PC

Eric N. Engebretson, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

Kathleen I. Hart, Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP

Kelley J. Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP

Patricia Caress McMath, Marion County Public Defender Agency

Hon. Timothy W. Oakes, Marion Superior Court

Colleen M. Powers, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

Hon. Jose D. Salinas, Marion Superior Court

Takeena M. Thompson, Cohen & Malad LLP

Hon. Marc Rothenberg, Marion Superior Court

American Bar Association Delegate: Phil L. Isenbarger, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

ISBA 11th District Representative: Terry Tolliver, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Metropolitan Bar Caucus Representative: John F. Kautzman, Ruckleshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook

Marion County Bar Association Representative: Detra L. Mills, Attorney at Law

National Conference of Bar Presidents Representative: Christine H. Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC

Women & the Law Division Representative: Elizabeth R. Polleys, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

Young Lawyers Division Representative: Matthew D. Neuman, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Senior Counsel Division Representative: James H. Voyles, Voyles Zahn & Paul PA

Law Student Division Representative:

Through May 30, 2015: Jason R. Sprinkle, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Beginning June 1, 2015: Burnell “BJ” Grimes Jr., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Dean, Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Andrew Klein

Indianapolis Bar Foundation President: Erin A. Clancy, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

2015 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors

President: Erin A. Clancy, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

President-Elect: Andrew L. Campbell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

First Vice President: Holly J. Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC

Immediate Past President: David J. Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Secretary: Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC

Treasurer:Lee C. Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee PC

Counsel to the Board: Tom Davis, Frost Brown Todd LLC


Adam D. Christensen, Dutton Legal Group LLC

Briana Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Erin M. Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Raegan M. Gibson, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Will W. Gooden, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn LLP

J. Curtis Greene, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Martha R. Lehman, Krieg DeVault LLP

Jennifer M. Lukemeyer, Voyles Zahn & Paul

Ned B. Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP

Aubrey Kuchar Noltemeyer, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

Patrick W. Price, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Melanie K. Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Mark R. Waterfill, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Ex Officio Directors:

Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana

John C. Trimble, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post!

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Does “Loss-Leader” Online Work Lead to Long-Term Clients?

By Jane E.Q. Glynn, Wanzer Edwards PC

Does it make business sense to take on “loss-leader” online work in hopes of developing long-term valuable clients, or are you just diving down the rabbit hole? Is the market potential worth the ethical risk? LegalZoom and Avvo both recently launched new forays into the online legal services market, and this blog post by Carolyn Elefant of touches on various pros and cons of participating in these and similar platforms. Check out the post for a bird’s eye view of the issues and numerous informative links!

This post was written by Jane E. Q. Glynn of Wanzer Edwards PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

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Duncan: Thinking about Year-End Giving? Make a True Impact with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

By Dave Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP


The final months of 2014 are now upon us and with the year-end quickly closing in, many of you are considering your giving options. I’ll happily take this opportunity to share my insight as to why you should put our Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the top of your list.

Did you know that if you put all of the individuals served by the foundation’s pro bono efforts in a room together, that room would be the size of Bankers Life Fieldhouse? Over 18,000 individuals have been served by programs made possible by your contributions to the Foundation in the last five years.

In 2014 alone, your foundation raised over $240,000, granted $140,000 to assist central Indiana families and provided funding for programs in which 582 IndyBar members volunteered their time providing pro bono assistance to families in need. Below is just a brief summary of the service made possible by your contributions in 2014. As you read about how much the IBF has accomplished this year with our current fundraising goals, imagine the impact we could have if every lawyer gave just a bit more. The positive effect on families in our community would be truly astounding.

Ask A Lawyer (Spring and Fall): Over 250 attorney volunteers gave 525 hours to offer free legal advice to over 1,500 people with nowhere else to turn

Hospice Program: Over 20 attorney volunteers gave 150 hours to assist 30 individuals at Eskenazi, Methodist/IU and St. Francis hospitals in their time of need

Bankruptcy Help Line: Four attorney volunteers gave 26 hours to advise 51 people on their tough options ahead

Legal Line: Eighty attorney volunteers donated 160 hours answering 663 calls from Indianapolis residents looking for answers to their legal woes

Homeless Project: Two hundred and twenty attorney volunteers partnered with Wheeler Mission, Care Center, Holy Family Shelter, Salvation Army and the Julian Center and donated time to address the legal and non-legal needs of individuals served by these providers

ILAS/Indy Bar Family Law Conflict Program: Eighty attorney volunteers were matched with 80 clients for direct representation on family law issues donating a total of 720 billable hours to help families navigate their issues through the legal process.

Over the past 10 years more than a million dollars have been granted to improve the lives of Indianapolis families. But there is still so much more we could do. The most recent Census data shows that nearly 20 percent of Indianapolis families live below the Federal poverty level, and the growth of the poverty rate in our city is among the 10 highest for any metropolitan area in the United States.

Our year-over-year figures show that more individuals are turning to the IndyBar for assistance in addressing their unmet legal needs. In 2014, the average family income of an individual receiving pro bono assistance through a program funded by the foundation was less than $25,000.

With your help, we can and will do more. Your contributions to the IBF are what make the pro bono programs of the IndyBar possible. This is our foundation and provides each of us the opportunity to prove that attorneys practicing law in Indianapolis care about the community in which they work and want to make a positive impact.

Every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. No contribution is too small, and 100 percent of our dollars serve residents residing in our City. Our foundation is the only charitable organization of its kind serving Indianapolis.

No one else is doing what our foundation does, and you can be a part of it. Be one. Have impact. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign and donate here.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, December 4

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Alexis Sumner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has joined the National Editorial Board for The Estate Planner.

Sarah Starkey of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC has been invited to serve on the executive committee for the Sagamore American Inns of Court.

Megan M. Lewis of Ruppert & Schaefer PC has received the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award.

Craig M. Williams and Ryan P. Sink have formed Fox Williams & Sink LLC along with Ryan C. Fox. The firm will focus on the rights of employees.

Libby Yin Goodknight, partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, has been elected to serve on the Legal Advisory Committee to the Indiana Legal Foundation.

 Julia A. Carpenter, partner at Kreig DeVault LLP, has been selected as a 2015 Woman in Real Estate by Midwest Real Estate News.

Kevin Schiferl of Frost Brown Todd LLC has been elected 2015 vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Indiana chapter. He has also been appointed member of ABOTA’s national board.

Tammara D. Porter of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been selected as a member of OPTIONS Class 15, a philanthropy program led by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.

David Williams Russell of Harrison & Moberly LLP was awarded The National Council of Indiana’s highest award, “The Steve”, in recognition of his many years of volunteer service to the international communities of Indiana.

R. Zachary Karanovich has joined the DeFur Voran LLP office in Fishers. Karanovich focuses his practice on litigation, and personal and business planning.

Kelli J. Liggett has joined the DeFur Voran LLP office in Muncie. Liggett focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, business planning and elder law.

Jordan K. Baker and Jennifer A. Rulon have joined the Indianapolis office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. Baker is a part of the litigation department. Rulon’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation.

Sarah Broderick has joined George & Farinas LLP in Indianapolis as an associate.

The following IndyBar member attorneys were recognized as Women of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal: Mary Beth Claus, senior vice president, general counsel with Indiana University Health; Jennett Hill, senior vice president, general counsel with Citizens Energy Group; Julianne S. Lis-Milam, partner and general counsel at Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. Inc.; Kathy Osborn, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Becca Polak, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at KAR Auction Services Inc.; and Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik.

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The Evolution of Law: 50-Year Practitioners Look Back

Fifty years ago, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents, a postage stamp cost five cents and a ticket to the movies was $1.25. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War raged on. The first Ford Mustang was made, Cassius Clay became the World Heavyweight champion and the British and French governments began making plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel.

For 14 IndyBar members, fifty years ago was also when they began practicing law.

To get a better idea of what it means to spend 50 years devoted to the profession, some of these members shared an inside glimpse at some of their best memories in the field. Read on to see what has changed and which experiences have left a lasting impression.


Mr. David B. Hughes

“In all things, finish in style.”

What was it like practicing law when you started compared to now?

Where do I start? If the question were, “What are the biggest similarities?” my answer would be, “N/A!” I think the biggest difference is the fast dwindling ability of regular folks to obtain the services of good lawyers at an affordable price. Close seconds would be the sheer size of the bar now, electronics, specialization and the ungodly expense of litigation.

What is your favorite memory from the last 50 years?

Time spent with my mentors: my dad, Fran Hughes, and Shel Breskow, to name only two. Also, surviving–pretty much unscathed–my three years as chief deputy prosecutor in Saul Rabb’s Criminal Court No. 2 (truth be told, I actually liked Judge Rabb).

Words to live by?

My mother drilled into our brains, “In all things, finish in style.” It comes in very handy in all of life’s endeavors. As to the opposite–words to die by–my sarcophagus at Crown Hill will read, “His motion for enlargement of time was denied!”


Robert P. Kassing, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

“A good friend of mine long retired from the practice once told me, ‘If there is something you want to do, you had better get after it.’ Fifty years fly by so much faster than I would have imagined.”

What is the biggest difference between practicing law in 1964 versus today?

When I started out many years ago, the Indianapolis bar environment was far different, not only because of the great increase in the number of practicing lawyers over the years. There was limited, hardly any, lawyer free agency among law firms of any size. At the beginning of my practice, the number of lawyers in mid to large firms ranged from 10 to the mid-20s. My recollection of the biggest difference between then and now, however, was the culture of the bar in the 60s and 70s. It was much more collegial, which was helped along by a dining room operated by the Indianapolis Bar Association. The food was marginal or worse but the gathering place fostered collegiality, friendships, good relationships and great times.


Mr. Norman P. Metzger, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

“Perfect is the enemy of good.”

What was it like practicing law when you started compared to now?

First of all, technology has completely changed the practice of law, including everything from word processing to legal research to form practice. Secondly, training and support for attorneys have become the sine qua non, not just for trial practice, but every element of the practice of law. Finally, the practice of law is so diversified that knowledge beyond the law is a requisite to succeed in the practice of law. It’s an advantage for lawyers to be multilingual, to specialize in discrete substantive law areas and to be comfortable when dealing with non-traditional legal issues and clients.


Mr. Robert H. Reynolds, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

“Do your best to maintain a balanced life, despite heavy pressures from today’s practice. Leave time for your family and your community. At the end of the day, you’ll be glad you did.”

What is your favorite memory from the last 50 years?

There are many. First, being in the associate

and partner class with Shirley Shideler, the first female lawyer employed by the firm, was one of the best. She went to what is now the IU McKinney School of Law at night while she worked as an extraordinary secretary during the day. She later became the first female partner in any of the larger firms. We were buddies until her untimely death.

Second, being on the committee to arrange the 1982 merger of Barnes Hickam Pantzer & Boyd with the Thornburg McGill firm of South Bend (then the fourth largest firm in the State) to create Barnes & Thornburg, the first “statewide” law firm. That merger resulted in the Indianapolis firm’s first written partnership agreement. Now Barnes & Thornburg has 12 offices and spans the country. The changes have been breathtaking.

Third, also in 1982, is helping Don Knebel recruit Bill Coffey and the Jenkins Coffey firm, making Barnes & Thornburg the first Indianapolis firm to include a substantial and integrated intellectual property practice.

Finally, fourth, in 1990, the firm joined TerraLex, a worldwide network of leading independent law firms. Working through the TerraLex member firms, the firm’s lawyers were able to serve our United States clients in international matters. Those activities took me to Germany, Japan and China, to name only a few of the special memories my work with TerraLex created. Contrast this with the fact that because international travel was so unusual, firm lawyers who were fortunate enough to travel out of the country in the early years, usually on vacation, were expected to report on their foreign travels at firm meetings.


Mr. Paul G. Roland

“Respect, tolerance and perseverance.”

What is your favorite memory from the last 50 years?

I have many, many fond memories of successful jury trials, especially defending members of the Fraternal Order of Police. However, my favorite memory was achieving acquittal prior to jury submission in the trial of my father who had been charged with illegal transportation of lottery tickets in Illinois prior to the time Congress repealed the laws banning sales of lottery tickets countywide.


Pearson Smith, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP?

“Keep your eyes on the ball.”

What is the biggest difference between practicing law in 1964 versus today? ?

There was no such thing as email.

What’s your favorite memory of the last 50 years in law??

The standing ovation received by Andy Jacobs Sr. in the late 60s when he entered the IndyBar lunchroom after winning a defamation case against the Star-News.


Mr. Sydney L. Steele, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP

“Do nothing to compromise your reputation.”

What was it like practicing law when you started compared to now?

No voicemail, email or internet. “Cut and paste” was actually “cut and paste.” You had time to breathe between sending a letter and waiting for a response, unlike now when you get an immediate response (sometimes). The practice of law, although tense at times, was a little more leisurely. Also, you knew most of the lawyers in town.

What’s your favorite memory of the last 50 years in law?

There are many, but I fondly remember trying a case before Judge Dillon when he directed the U.S. Marshall to take away in handcuffs a witness I had cross-examined who had clearly lied on the witness stand in the Judge’s court. Yes, there sometimes is justice.


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Mr. Stephen W. Sutherlin, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

“The greatest thing a lawyer has is his ego, and the worst thing a lawyer has is his ego.”

What is the biggest difference between practicing law in 1964 versus today?

Technology and the addition of women to the bar. The latter took what was more of a good old boys organization to one with much more integrity and ethics.


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