Interrogatories: Candid Q&A with Samantha DeWester

By Tyler D. Helmond, Voyles Zahn & Paul PA

dewester-samanthaShe is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is Deputy Corporation Counsel, City Prosecutor, and Public Access Counselor at the Office of Corporation Counsel. She was previously a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor and Marion County Deputy Public Defender. She is Samantha DeWester, and she has been served with interrogatories.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Friday, May 9

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Quarles & Brady announced Thursday that it has opened an Indianapolis office.  Partners at the Indianapolis office, its ninth worldwide, include IndyBar members Joshua B. Fleming, Daniel M. Long, Lucy R. Dollens, Joel Tragesser, Kristen L. Gentry and Randall R. Fearnow.

Eric N. Engebretson has been named partner at the law firm of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP. Engebretson will continue to practice in the non-criminal general practice of law including bankruptcy, family law and estates.

Christopher Bayh has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as an associate in the firm’s litigation department.

IndyBar member Tarek Mercho of Mercho Donaldson LLC plans to open “Sangrita,” a southwestern-style cantina, on July 1 in the former location of Greek’s Pizzeria at 834 E. 64th Street in Broad Ripple.

Several IndyBar members are at the center of “Hotel Tango Whiskey,” a micro-distillery preparing to open on Virgina Avenue in the Fletcher Place neighborhood. Bar members Travis Barnes, Adam Willfond and Nabeela Virjee are among the five partners who started the company in 2013. They received their license to begin producing whiskey, gin, moonshine and vodka this year and hope to open in August.

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Bell’s Sound Off: Belfast, 1972, The Troubles and the Confrontation Clause

Bell’s Sound Off
(An Off Beat Sort of Legal Commentary)

By James J. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

On an evening in September 1972, a stray bullet pierced a window of an apartment complex near the Falls Road in downtown Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bullet entered a single apartment and penetrated the wall directly above the stove where a woman had been cooking just 30 seconds beforehand. Continue reading

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Friday, May 2

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Katherine Strawbridge and Eric McNamar have joined Lewis Wagner LLP. Both practice in the firm’s litigation group.

Sandra L. Davis has joined Wooden & McLaughlin as an associate.

Johnathan Armiger has opened a law firm. Armiger Law represents individuals in medical and dental malpractice and personal injury cases.

Trenton Hahn has been promoted to vice president of Bose Public Affairs Group; Ahmed Young has joined as second vice president.

Michael D. Chambers of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy West.

Tracy N. Betz of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been appointed to the Child Advocates Board of Directors.

Curt Hidde, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, has been named President of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana’s Board of Directors.

Kathleen DeLaney, DeLaney & DeLaney LLC, has been elected a member of the American Law Institute.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry received the Above and Beyond Award from the Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Indiana Guard and Reserve.

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Love a good deal? Register for Bench Bar NOW & Save $50!

2014-Bench-Bar-HeaderSign up for the Bench Bar Conference by April 30th and save $50 on registration fees!

Highlights for the 2014 conference include:

New for 2014: The Practical Practice Track
Bench Bar has long been known as the best opportunity for litigators and judges to mix and mingle in a casual, fun environment. Now in its 21st year, the conference has widened its appeal with the inaugural “Practical Practice” track planned for the 2014 conference.

The Practical Practice Track is designed to introduce new lawyers or newly solo lawyers to the basics of operating a firm and will also highlight several common solo practice areas, including estate planning, family law and criminal law. Continue reading

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, April 24

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Stephanie Eckerle has been elected partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP. She will also lead the firm’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice group.

Brent Taylor, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, was honored by the Heartland Pro Bono Council with the 2014 Heartland Pro Bono Award in recognition of his many years of service with the IndyBar Homeless Project.

David Williams Russell of Harrison & Moberly LLP has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

Nineteen IndyBar members were recognized by the Indiana Lawyer with Distinguished Barrister and Up and Coming Lawyer Awards in the paper’s annual Leadership in Law feature.

Those recognized include:

Distinguished Barristers:
Phillip L. Bayt, Ice Miller LLP
Shokrina Beering, Plunkett Cooney PC
Constance Lindman, SmithAmundsen
Hon. Timothy Oakes, Marion Superior Court
Henry J. Price, Price Waicukauski & Riley LLC
John C. Render, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
Sue A. Shadley, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
Richard E. Shevitz, Cohen & Malad LLP
James A. Strain, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
David L. Swider, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Up and Coming Lawyers
Kiamesha Colom, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Darren Craig, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Samantha E. DeWester, Assistant City Prosecutor, City of Indianapolis
Kelly A. Doria, Indiana Public Retirement System
John Z. Huang, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Alexander J. Limontes, Mitchell Hurst Dick & McNelis LLC
Lesley A. Pfleging, Lewis Wagner LLP
Rubin Pusha III, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Brianna J. Schroeder, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

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Matthew Maples Selected as IndyBar Law Student of the Year

The importance of pro bono service is a theme that is routinely emphasized to practicing attorneys. For one law student, no encouragement will be necessary. The Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2014 Law Student of the Year, Matthew Maples of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, has completed close to 2,000 hours of pro bono service during his law school career.  Continue reading

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Free CLE Offered at Election Inspector Training on April 14

Play an active role in this year’s primary election. Marion County is looking for inspectors, clerks and judges to work the polls on May 6, 2014, and the IndyBar is offering a training session that will qualify for CLE credit. The training session will be held on April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500. Three hours of general CLE credit is available.

To work a poll in Marion County, you must be a registered voter and live in Marion County. You also must attend a training session regardless of if you have attended training in the past. All poll workers will receive the same training for the election. The training is hosted by the IndyBar Government Practice Section; a light breakfast will be available. There is no charge to attend.

Click here to register.

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IBF President’s Message: You Can Make an Impact with the IBF

The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of your Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) are hard at work steadfastly planning another great year for the IBF. While the planning efforts are in full swing, we need your help to make our initiatives a success in 2014.

The Impact Committee, chaired by Melanie Reichert, is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The project to be funded by the Impact Fund Grant must satisfy the IBF’s purpose to advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The recipient will receive up to $35,000 to fund its project. Through its grant award, the IBF wishes to support a project presented by an organization or collaborating organizations that seek to effect a substantial positive impact in central Indiana.

More information on the 2014 grant process, past recipients, and a link to this year’s grant application are available here. Please share this information with any organizations you believe may have an interest in applying for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The deadline for initial proposals is April 1, 2014.

All applications will be reviewed by members of the Impact Committee and the field will be narrowed to the two or three candidates which the Impact Committee has determined best satisfy the grant criteria. Having served on the Impact Committee previously, I can attest to the diligent efforts of the committee members in analyzing grant applications, critiquing submissions and rigorously vetting these applicants. Their collective efforts speak for themselves in light of the finalists presented over the last three years, including: Indiana Legal Services, Indy Reads, Peace Learning Center, Reach for Youth, and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Presentations from each of the finalists will be made available to the IBF’s Distinguished Fellows and Senior Fellows for their selection of the final recipient. The award of the 2014 Impact Fund Grant will be announced May 23, 2014.

While the IBF truly is unique in that it allows its top donors to select the final recipient of the foundation’s largest grant, this democratic process cannot guarantee that the most qualified organizations and programs apply. So I ask for every member’s help in spreading the word and sharing this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Additionally, the Golf Committee, chaired by Ned Mulligan, has scheduled this year’s Lawyer’s Link Golf Classic for July 17 at the Country Club of Indianapolis. Registration is now open and is sure to fill up faster than usual with everyone itching to enjoy warmer weather to come after one of the coldest winters on record. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Chris Walsh at the IndyBar at 269-2000.

Finally, every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. This is our foundation and none of what we accomplish is possible without your continued generosity and support. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign and donate your one billable hour here.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, March 27

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Partner Christopher Janak was recently elected to the Executive Committee of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. He will serve a three-year term.

Patricia McCrory has joined Katz & Korin. McCrory is a partner in the firm.

Alyssa Rogers has joined OSP Group as its assistant general counsel.

Philip Sicuso, an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, was recently elected to partner in the firm.

Chuck Baldwin has been named a managing director of Ogletree Deakins.

Ryan R. Wilmering, an attorney at Wallack Somers & Haas PC, has been named a partner in the firm.

Jennett Hill has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Citizens Energy Group.

Awards & Honors

Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Margret Robb was honored with a Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women.

J. Richard Kiefer, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, and David Herzog, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, were recently inducted as fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Robert Foos, partner at Lewis Wagner LLP, was awarded the Quality Distribution, Inc.’s 2014 Defense Counsel of Distinction at the Quality Distribution, Inc. Annual Defense Counsel Forum.

Kimera Hall, Frost Brown Todd, has been selected as 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.

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