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Coburn Place Holiday Party a Festive Way to Give Back

By Roxana S. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

On Saturday, December 12, In lieu of a division Holiday Party, the Women and the Law Division (WLD) sponsored a holiday party for approximately 30 children residing at the Coburn Place in Indianapolis.

Coburn Place Safe Haven provides fully furnished apartments to women who have suffered from domestic violence. These women, along with their children, stay anywhere from six months to two years to begin healing and move toward a life of independent living.


Rachael Ehlich helps out with crafts.

The WLD had 22 volunteers who assisted the cookie decorating, face-painting, holiday crafts and holiday ornament decorating. Many of the attorney volunteers also brought their children along to help with the event, and the popular balloon artist Faith the Fairy was a huge hit with all of the kids.


WLD Chair Lucy Dollens assists with facepainting.

In addition to volunteering their time, the WLD members also collected and donated shelf-stable snacks for Coburn Place’s after-school program. Thank you to all who volunteered and happy holidays!

This post was written by Roxana Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Women and the Law Division, please email Rachel Beachy at

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Keep an eye out for our newest e-newsletter for members, Bar Talk, featuring the top IndyBar posts each month!

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Bill Watch Report for January 7 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for January 7 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Criminal Justice
Environmental Law
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Health Care & Life Sciences
Labor & Employment Law
Real Estate & Land Use
Sports & Entertainment Law

Don’t forget: You can update your news subscriptions to conveniently receive information like the practice area-specific Bill Watch posts in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin! Click here to learn more, and click here to update your profile.

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IndyBar Featured Program: Indiana Appellate Institute

The IndyBar Appellate Practice Section created the Indiana Appellate Institute in 2010 as a resource for lawyers who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Indiana Court of Appeals. The Indiana Appellate Institute offers “moot” or practice argument sessions before panels of seasoned appellate advocates and others who have reviewed the briefs and will ask the sorts of questions an advocate can expect at the actual argument.

Many members who have used the Indiana Appellate Institute over the last five years have benefited from this service. Read on to learn about one member’s experience, and find out how the institute can help you prepare for your next case here.

By Brent R. Borg, Church Church Hittle & Antrim

I have used the Indiana Appellate Institute twice in preparation for oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court.  Both experiences exceeded my expectations.  It was apparent to me that each attorney on the panel invested a significant amount of time in reading the briefs and formulating questions.  Although the moot itself was helpful, far more valuable was the critical feedback I received from the attorneys on everything from the substance and style of answering questions to the actual merits of the case.  Perhaps the best gauge of the quality of the experience is that I was confident before and during each oral argument and, in evaluating my performance afterwards, I would not have done anything significantly different.

If you have used the Indiana Appellate Institute or another IndyBar resource and would like to submit a testimonial, please email Rachel Beachy at

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Make Your Career Move Our Headline!

Are you ready to make moves in your career this year? Make sure to get the attention you deserve! The IndyBar Member Headlines are a great way to get the news out to all your local legal colleagues. Whether you’re working at a new firm, earned a certification, or have been promoted to partner, we want to feature YOU. The IndyBar Member Headlines are published every other week on the IndyBar website, Twitter feed and Facebook page, and all you have to do is email us the latest news in your life!

Contact the IndyBar’s Communications Coordinator, Rachel Beachy, at to make sure your news makes our headlines this year.

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IndyBar Featured Program: HEAL

The holidays and new year can be a time of hope, but they can also be a time of difficulty. One IndyBar program, “Helping Enrich Attorneys Lives” (HEAL), aims to provide support and/or assistance during times of personal and professional crisis.

This program will provide assistance to lawyers, judges and paralegals who are experiencing matters such as health conditions, the death of a loved one, weather or other disaster related events, or a major life crisis or setback. Whether you are experiencing the crisis or you are affected by the crisis of someone close, HEAL aims to give support and resources in a variety of ways that are tailored to each experience.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty, contact HEAL at More information about the program can be found here.

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Member Headlines: Thursday, December 31

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Rachel Beachy, Communications Coordinator, at

Louis Britton of Kightlinger & Gray LLP has been named partner.

Douglas R. Brown, a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and managing principal at Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Indy Chamber.

Kristen M. Carroll of Kightlinger & Gray LLP has been named Senior Partner.

Scott Chinn, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, will receive the Maynard K. Hine Medal for service to the IUPUI campus.

The following attorneys will be admitted to partnership at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP effective Jan. 1, 2016: Marcelo Copat, Jamie Drewry, Teresa Griffin, Sarah Jenkins, Harmony Mappes, Wendy Ponader

Peter S. French, partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, was named co-chair of Products Liability of the Litigation Practice Group.

R. William Gardner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been elected vice chair of the Indiana Air & Waste Management Association.

Judy L. Woods, partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, was named co-chair of Financial Institution Litigation of the Litigation Practice Group.

Ashley Balicki joined The Nice Law Firm.

W. Jason Deppen has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

John Gillespie and Justin Walton joined Schuckit & Associates PC.

Jennifer K. Gregory joined Eli Lilly & Co.

Andrew S. Newton has joined Strain Law & Mediation PC.

Christopher R. Powers joined Reichel Stohry LLP.

Stephen A. Stitle joined SmithAmundsen LLC.

Jana K. Strain of Strain Law & Mediation PC has completed training as a family law arbitrator.

Karen Ball Woods will join MainSource Financial Group Inc. starting Jan. 1.

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Practice Milestones: Congratulating 2015 IndyBar 50-and 25-Year Practitioners

For 80 IndyBar members, 2015 marked a significant milestone in their careers. According to IndyBar records, these members celebrated their 50th or 25th year in the practice of law this year. Congratulations!

Fifty-Year Practitioners

Betty Anne Barteau

Stephen E. DeVoe

John H. Douglas

Robert G. Elrod

The Hon. Thomas G. Fisher

The Hon. Ezra H. Friedlander

David E. McClure

Franklin I. Miroff

Richard H. Riegner

John R. Snyder

Barry Z. Wallack

Twenty-Five Year Practitioners

Karen J. Anspaugh

Phyllis S. Armstrong

William W. Barrett

Bernadette M. Barron

Thomas B. Bays

Michael A. Beason

Kerry Hyatt Bennett

Laura K. Binford

David B. Boodt

The Hon. Lisa Faye Borges

Mark V. Bromund

Sondra L. Burger

Andrew B. Buroker

Thomas G. Burroughs

Joseph D. Calderon

Teresa P. Cambridge

Susan Traynor Chastain

Cameron F. Clark

Susan E. Cline

Robert T. Dassow

Cynthia L. Dean

David Earl Dearing

Andrew J. Detherage

Julia E. Dimick

Brian A. Eagle

Robert H. Ebbs

Julie L. Ezell

Jeffrey M. Gill

Mark D. Grant

Tammy K. Haney

Leslie Craig Henderzahs

Jane Ann Himsel

J. Brian Hittinger

Kirk A. Horn

Alan M. Hux

Michele J. Johns

Jennifer E. Jones

Patricia A. Jones

Kevin R. Knight

L. Michael Koch

Beth R. Kramer

Julia M. Leavitt

Michael J. MacLean

The Hon. Mark S. Massa

Deborah C. McNear

Mark A. Metzger

Jeffrey R. Mitchell

William T. Niemier

Richard P. Nover

Ann M. O’Hara

Thomas Pastore

Jon M. Pinnick

Jacqueline B. Ponder

Connie Dinn Popcheff

Anthony J. Rose

Todd J. Selby

Richard K. Shoultz

Kenneth B. Siepman

Jeffrey S. Tabor

Scott A. Tanner

Andrew J. Thompson

Paul S. Ward

D. Bryan Weese

Daun Weliever Simpson

The Hon. Martha B. Wentworth

Elizabeth “Beth” White

Mark E. Wirey

Jeffrey S. Zipes

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Save Time and Simplify Your Practice with IndyBar Resources and Member Benefits

It’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to become more efficient, to save money or to become more effective in your practice, the IndyBar has a member benefit or resource available to help you along the path to resolution success. Check out the lineup below.

Is there a resource or service that would help make your practice more efficient or successful? Let us know! Contact to share your suggestions.

Save Some Green: The IndyBar has teamed up with National Purchasing Partners to offer members group discounts on must-haves like office supplies from Staples, wireless devices and plans from Verizon, office furnishings from Kimball Office and hotels, airfare and more from Expedia. Save money simply as a benefit of your IndyBar membership. Just visit to get started.

Plus, there’s “Plus”: Plus CLE, that is! Plus CLE section or division membership entitles you to membership in a section or division PLUS all of that group’s one-hour programming throughout the year. All groups will offer a minimum of four programs. This translates to a savings of $1,080 for current IndyBar members and an average savings of $2,295 over the non-member CLE rates per three-year educational cycle! But wait, there’s more—Plus CLE section/division members can learn even more by viewing all of their groups’ programming in the Online CLE catalog at no charge (for information only, no credit awarded).

Stay in the Know: Did you know that IndyBar members contributed more than 1,000 articles to the IndyBar website in 2015? Or that you can subscribe to news in specific topic areas and have articles delivered to your inbox and populated on your member profile page? It’s easy! Just visit to update your news subscriptions. These subscriptions will translate into a personalized IndyBar E-Bulletin enewsletter each week with the latest posts from your choices, plus, your subscriptions will feed into a personalized profile page at!

Speaking of staying in the know, the IndyBar’s online CLE catalog is the perfect option for the times you can’t make it out of your office to attend one of the IndyBar’s many live CLE programs. Most programs are uploaded to the online catalog within one week of the live program date. Check out the catalog at

Do More on the Go: The IndyBar’s mobile-optimized website is designed specifically to make common website activities a breeze on your tablet or smartphone. Search and register for events, access the online directory (more on that below) to find contact information and even get turn-by-turn directions to the IndyBar office. Plus, the public can easily request a referral or visit from the “Find a Lawyer” area.

Take the Next Step: Time to move up the ladder? Check out the IndyBar job bank for local postings for attorneys, paralegals and support staff. Members can also share resumes with prospective employers in the Job Bank area of the website

Figure Out Who’s Who: The database of attorney, paralegal and student contact information is available online at The directory provides a photo (if available), phone, fax, email, mailing address and practice area information. The directory lists both IndyBar members and non-members with designation for both. View the directory on the bar’s mobile website or visit

“Download and Go” Legal Forms: The IndyBar’s website contains a Document Library of mre than 100 legal forms for use by members. These online forms, which can be found at, are “fill in the blank” and print-ready to use as documents. There are forms for a wide range of needs: estate planning, mortgage transactions, liens and more.

IndyBar forms are not only convenient—they translate into an average of 16 hours of time saved per practice area! The forms are for use by licensed attorneys and are accessible online to members of the Indianapolis Bar Association only.

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Save the Date for the 2016 Installation Luncheon

Make sure to mark your brand-new 2016 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Columbia Club.

At the luncheon, IndyBar President Hon. Robyn L. Moberly and 2016 Indianapolis Bar Foundation President Andrew L. Campbell 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 online here.

2016 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors

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

President Elect: Nissa M. Ricafort, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

First Vice President: James J. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Immediate Past President: John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

Treasurer: Thomas Barnard, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

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

Counsel to the Board: Deborah J. Caruso, Dale & Eke PC

Vice Presidents:

Reynold T. Berry, Rubin & Levin PC

Jacob V. Bradley, Quarles & Brady LLP

Courtney E. Chilcote, Tucker Hester Baker & Krebs LLP

David J. Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

At-Large Members:

Michael P. Bishop, Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC

Sara R. Blevins, Lewis & Kappes PC

James A. Edgar, J. Edgar Law Offices PC

Elisabeth M. Edwards, Wanzer Edwards PC

Eric N. Engebretson, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

Patricia Caress McMath, Marion County Public Defender Agency

Jimmie McMillian, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Hon. Timothy W. Oakes, Marion Superior Court

Hon. Jose D. Salinas, Marion Superior Court

Bryan S. Strawbridge, Frost Brown Todd LLC

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

ISBA 11th District Representative: Andrew Z. Soshnick, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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

Marion County Bar Association Representative: Julian E. Harrell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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

Women & the Law Division Representative: Anna Obergfell Kirkman, Eskenazi Health

Young Lawyers Division Representative: Jennifer Tudor Wright, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Law Student Division Representative:

Through May 30, 2016: Burnell “BJ” Grimes, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Beginning June 1, 2016: Kendra Y. Harper, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

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

Indianapolis Bar Foundation President: Andrew L. Campbell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Innovation & Research Council: A. Scott Chinn, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Section/Division Budgeting Workgroup: Elizabeth R. Polleys, Marion Superior Court

2016 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors

President: Andrew L. Campbell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

President-Elect: Holly J. Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC

First Vice President: Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC

Immediate Past President: Erin A. Clancy, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

Secretary: Mark R. Waterfill, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

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

Counsel to the Board: Carl W. Butler, Angie’s List


Joshua W. Abel, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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

Carolyn Clay Hall, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Angela P. Krahulik, Ice Miller LLP

Martha R. Lehman, SmithAmundsen LLC

Jennifer M. Lukemeyer, Voyles Zahn & Paul

Alice M. Morical, Hoover Hull Turner LLP

Ned B. Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP

Aubrey Kuchar Noltemeyer, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

Melanie K. Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Ex Officio Directors:

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

Nissa M. Ricafort, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

John C. Trimble, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers. Through this project, IndyBar volunteers visit one of five local homeless shelters each month, giving legal advice and occasionally offering limited representation.


Volunteers typically serve four two-hour shifts per year, from 7 to 9 p.m., and visit the shelters in pairs. Training is not provided, but volunteers are given the most recent edition of the “Commonly Asked Questions About Indiana Law” resource guide and will be paired with a veteran volunteer. To volunteer or get further information, please contact Caren Chopp at

One longtime volunteer describes his participation like this:

“Offering limited representation can be equally rewarding for the client and the attorney. For example, one client not only was homeless and trying to raise his son after his wife died, but all of his possessions other than the clothes on his back were being wrongfully held by a storage company. It is hard to describe the joy in the client’s eyes when he received his property back from the storage facility at no cost.

It is more than just answering legal questions—it is providing hope and encouragement to individuals who many times have no reason to hope. Just volunteer and you will experience joy in helping people every time equal to the joy experienced handling your first case out of law school.”

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