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Posted on: May 5, 2015

Get to know more about the 2015 WLD Executive Committee by reading the members' biographies below!

Liz Polleys (Chair), Marion County Prosecutor's Office
2015 is Liz Polleys’ seventh year as a member of the Women and Law Division Executive Committee. Liz is currently the chair of the division. Liz has been with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office since 2013 and is currently in the Criminal Charging Division. Prior to joining the prosecutor’s office, Liz was a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Section of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Liz graduated from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in December 2009 and from DePauw University in 2007. Liz is involved with the Junior League of Indianapolis and the DePauw Indianapolis Regional Alumni Council. Liz enjoys trying new recipes from Pinterest, watching Jeopardy and Netflix, exploring new restaurants and reading.

Anna Kirkman (Chair-Elect), Eskenazi Health
Anna Kirkman currently serves as Associate Counsel and Medical-Legal Partnership Director at Eskenazi Health, and has been there since 2009. Anna practices health law and also partners with legal aid organizations in Indianapolis to provide legal aid to Eskenazi patients. Anna grew up in Indianapolis, went to undergrad at Villanova University and attended law school at IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. Anna and her husband currently live in Butler-Tarkington. Anna serves on the board of Indy Reads, VSA Indiana and the Health Care & Life Sciences Section of the IndyBar. Anna’s favorite hobbies are yoga and cooking.

Sara McClammer (Secretary), Bennett & McClammer LLP
Sara currently serves as a partner at Bennett & McClammer LLP. Sara's practice focuses on trust and estate work and elder law. Sara grew up in North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota and IU Robert H. McKinney Law School. Sara’s community involvement includes being on the boards of Agape and Indiana YMCA Youth and Government. Sara also regularly volunteers for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Sara and her husband, along with their two Boston Terriers, live near 70th and Allisonville. Sara and her husband enjoy running, cooking and renovating their mid-century home.

Tina Clark (Immediate Past Chair), Wabash National
Tina is legal counsel with Wabash National Corporation, a manufacturer of semi-truck trailers, tankers and other products, where she supervises the negotiation and drafting of the company’s contracts. Before that, Tina was a business litigator at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and a clerk on the Indiana Court of Appeals for the Hon. Nancy Vaidik. Tina is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, where she studied psychology and gender studies, and the IU Maurer School of Law. She is a native of Newburgh, Indiana, and is married to Nicholas Blesch Clark, a solo practicing family law and unemployment law, and an amateur chef extraordinaire. Tina and Nick have a new baby daughter named Darcy. Tina enjoys reading whatever she gets her hands on, watching movies and listening to podcasts (especially The Nerdist Podcast).

Roxana S. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Roxana Bell practices labor and employment law at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. Before joining that firm, she clerked for Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III of the Court of Appeals of Indiana. Roxana is a former chemistry and physics teacher for Arlington High School (IPS), and she continues to promote diversity in STEM-related fields as a founding member of the Board of Directors of KITES (Kids Interested in Technology, Engineering, & Science) Inc.

Victoria Calhoon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Victoria is an associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in the Product Liability and Environmental Group with a focus on drug and device litigation. Before joining the firm in 2013, Victoria worked at Ice Miller LLP as an associate in the environmental group. Victoria grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May 2009. Prior to law school, Victoria worked in the field of historic preservation after earning a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University (and writing a thesis on historic garages—no joke). Victoria currently volunteers for Indiana Landmarks on its Real Estate Committee and still enjoys gawking at historic properties. Victoria is married with one busy toddler and enjoys sewing, cooking and reading in her free time. She is also a proud owner of one share of Green Bay Packers stock.

Andrea Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC
Andrea is the managing partner of Ciobanu Law PC and chair of the Indiana State Bar’s (ISBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section. Andrea is a civil, domestic and elder law mediator. Andrea has argued before the Indiana Supreme and Appellate Courts, represents white collar crime, civil rights, ADA Compliance, education law, appeals and family law. Andrea is a 2012 ISBA Leadership Development Academy Graduate. Andrea engages in a wide array of public service including, but not limited to: ISBA’s Pro Bono Appellate Project, Indiana Pro Bono Commission, ISBA’s Young Lawyer’s Section Council and ISBA’s Service Committee. Andrea was awarded the 2010 John Paul Berlon Award for community service and activism. Andrea was honored with the 2011 Emerging Pearls Foundation Social Justice Woman of the Year Award and the 2011 National Association Professional Women’s Woman of the Year Award. Andrea was honored with the IU McKinney School of Law 2013 Law Early Career Achievement Award.

Lucy Dollens, Quarles & Brady LLP
Lucy Dollens is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP. Lucy graduated from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and is a Butler University graduate. She concentrates her practice in appellate and business litigation and is a member of the Indiana and West Virginia bars. Lucy also has extensive experience advising and defending financial institutions and companies within the consumer finance industry regarding predatory lending and consumer protection issues in both the commercial and residential context, including claims involving alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, state common law, federal and state regulatory statutes and class certification issues. Lucy also represents individuals and corporate clients in both the state and federal appellate courts in a wide variety of areas of law. Additionally, Lucy represents amicus curiae parties before Indiana's Court of Appeals and Supreme Court regarding significant issues of Indiana law. Lucy has three children, Toby (8), Eli (6) and Josie (3) and a very supportive husband, Mike, who teaches chemistry and physics at Lebanon High School.

Patricia Orloff Erdmann, Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Patricia Orloff Erdmann is Chief Counsel for the Litigation Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Patricia is responsible for management of the Division’s litigation sections involving almost every substantive area of the law. In addition to overseeing the division and its litigation practice, Patricia’s caseload involves class and collective actions and complex litigation, constitutional challenges, civil rights, employment, RICO and whistleblower cases in federal and state courts. She has been with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office since 2002. Erdmann’s 28 years of legal experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Patricia received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1984 and her J.D. from DePaul University in 1987.

Jackie Gessner, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Jackie Gessner is currently a 3L at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. While in law school, Jackie has been involved in a variety of activities and organizations, including Moot Court, Indiana Law Review, Dean's Tutorial Society and the Women's Caucus. Jackie worked as a summer associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in 2013 and 2014, and she has accepted an offer to join the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group in the fall of 2015. Prior to starting law school, she spent three years working in various positions in government affairs and politics in Indiana. Jackie enjoys running, yoga and spending time with her husband, Stephen, and their dog, Beans.

The Hon. Therese Hannah, Marion Superior Court
Therese Hannah is a Commissioner for the Marion Superior Courts on the Mass Tort Docket. She began serving the Court in 2009 as a Special Master on the Mass Tort Docket. Therese’s 30+ years in the legal profession began with graduation from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Later, she worked with Campo & Associates and then clerked for Chief Judge Buchanan Jr. on the Indiana Court of Appeals. Therese and her husband Jeff, who is an attorney with Anthem Insurance Companies, have six wonderful children ranging in age from 16-28. Over the years Therese has volunteered with many church, school and community organizations. At present, she serves on the Supreme Court Community Relations Committee and the Marion County E-Filing Committee.

Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Abigail Lawlis Kuzma received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from the IU Maurer School of Law. Ms. Kuzma is currently Assistant Attorney General and Chief Counsel of the new Victim Services and Outreach Division of Indiana Attorney General’s office (OAG). Prior to that, she was Director and Chief Counsel of Consumer Protection and Senior Policy Advisor for OAG, managing a staff of 100, including 36 attorneys. She has also been the Co-Chair designee of the IN Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (IPATH) since 2009 and a member since 2005. She was Articles Editor of the Indiana Law Journal from 1980-1981. She was co-founder of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) and has served as Executive Director from January 1994 to April 2009. Before serving with the NCLC, Ms. Kuzma was a subcommittee Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, and prior to that, Legislative Assistant for Senator Richard G. Lugar. She has published the following articles: Foreclosure in the Heartland: What Did We Learn? Forthcoming in Volume 49, Issue 1 of VALPARAISO LAW REVIEW; A Letter to Congress: The Communications Decency Act Promotes Human Trafficking, 34 LOYOLA CHICAGO CHILDREN’S LEGAL RIGHTS JOURNAL 23 (2013); Demand Reduction: Critical Next Step in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking, 42 No. 4 AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS, 27 (2013); Game Plan to Fight Human Trafficking: Lessons from Super Bowl XLVI, 2 DEPAUL JOURNAL of WOMEN, GENDER & the LAW 129 (2012), reprinted in 18 BENDER’S IMMIGRATION BULLETIN 223 (2013); Faith Based Providers Partnering with Government: Opportunity or Temptation, 42 JOURNAL OF CHURCH AND STATE 37 (2000), The Legislative Response to Infant Doe. 59 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 377 (1983), and Note: Hospice: The Legal Ramifications of a Place to Die, 56 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 673 (1980). She has also presented in a number of Continuing Legal Education seminars in the areas of: Human Trafficking, Humanitarian Immigration Relief; Religion and the Constitution, Indiana Nonprofit law; Consumer Protection, and Foreclosure Prevention. Ms. Kuzma was awarded the Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award in 1998, the 2002 Indiana State Bar Association Women in the Law Achievement Award, the Christian Legal Society’s Christian Legal Aid Staff Member award in 2004, the Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award in 2005, the Indiana University School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2006, the Indianapolis Bar Association Antoinette Dakin Leach Award in 2008, designated a Super Lawyer 2005-2009, the St. Thomas More Society Woman for All Seasons Award and a NAGTRI International Fellowship to study Human Trafficking in 2011 and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Visionary Voice Award in 2012. Ms. Kuzma serves on the Executive Committee of the Women and the Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association, is former Chairman of the Indiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Committee and a member of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and GCM Board of Directors.

Abby Troutman Rom, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Abby Troutman Rom is an associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC practicing in the areas of business and appellate litigation. Previously, she was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana from 2012 to 2014 and for Justice Robert D. Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court from 2010 to 2012. Abby graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2010, where she also earned a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies. She graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University in 2006. Abby is active in the IndyBar by serving on the Women and the Law Division Executive Committee and the Diversity Job Fair Committee. Abby is married to Gary, an attorney at Eli Lilly and Company, and has a three-year old daughter, Eliza. Abby and her family attend Traders Point Christian Church and live in the Zionsville area.

Amy Romig, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
The focus of Amy Romig’s practice is environmental and natural resource counseling and the Indiana Orders and Procedures Act (“AOPA”). She regularly represents clients in permitting, enforcement actions, and other adversarial proceedings before the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication and other administrative tribunals. Amy counsels clients on a broad variety of air, water, solid waste, underground storage tank, natural resource and other environmental issues. She assists clients with cleanups performed under Indiana’s Voluntary Cleanup and other cleanup programs. Amy obtained a B.S. with highest honors in chemical engineering in 1995 from J.B. Speed Scientific School, University of Louisville. Amy was first in her chemical engineering class, was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society and received both the Speed School Outstanding Freshman Award and the AIChE Outstanding Sophomore Award. Amy graduated, magna cum laude, from the IU Maurer School of Law in 2000 with a joint M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a specialized concentration in Hazardous Materials.

Vernicka Shaw, Krieg DeVault LLP
Vernicka Shaw is a member of Krieg DeVault LLP’s Financial Institutions and Business Practice Groups and concentrates her practice on representing a range of companies such as financial institutions and corporate clients on general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities and minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprise certification matters. Before joining Krieg DeVault LLP, she was an associate in the New York, New York offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Cahill Gordon & Reindell LLP. Vernicka is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, Webster University and the University of Pittsburgh. A recent transplant to Indianapolis, she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, volunteering, reading and playing with her dogs, Fiona (cockapoo) and Maxwell (miniature schnauzer).

Elizabeth Timme, Ice Miller LLP
Elizabeth Timme is a business litigation associate at Ice Miller LLP. She lives on the south side of Indianapolis with her husband, Nick (a grad student at IU Bloomington), and her five-month-old daughter Kate. In her spare time she enjoys reading, portrait photography and playing with her cute baby. In addition to serving on the WLD Executive Committee, Elizabeth is also currently on the board of directors of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


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