Lead by chair Tina Clark, the committee represents a diverse array of backgrounds and practice areas.
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.
Meg Christensen is a DePauw/IU Maurer Grad. Meg clerked at Bingham McHale during both law school summers and started at the firm in 2007, after law school graduation. Meg focuses her practice on attorney discipline defense, media law, construction litigation, and appeals. Meg has handled a couple of interesting mandate cases in recent history, representing judges seeking funds or other accommodations from the legislative bodies charged to provide a budget for court operations. Meg had her first Court of Appeals oral argument on January 14, 2014. Meg is married to a tax attorney (Adam) and has one daughter, Louisa, who is now 18 months old. Meg and Adam have a great pyrenese (a 125 pound dog that ruins hard wood floors, barks a lot, is good with children, likes to cuddle, and looks like a polar bear). Meg is a vegetarian and enjoys cooking. Meg is getting excited to teach Louisa to cook now that she is big enough to stand on the step ladder and “help.” Meg also loves working out at the Dailey Method (a barre method class) and would love to go to class and grab a smoothie with anyone interested in giving it a try.
Tina Clark (Chair)
Tina is currently 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 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 partner practicing family law and unemployment law with Swenson & Clark in Carmel and amateur chef extraordinaire. Tina enjoys trying new food, reading whatever she gets her hands on, and watching movies, especially scary ones. She is currently addicted to Sherlock on the BBC.
Lucy Dollens is a Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC. Lucy graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and is a member of the Indiana and West Virginia bar. Lucy concentrates her practice in appellate and business litigation. Lucy has extensive experience advising and defending financial institutions and corporations within the consumer finance industry regarding predatory lending and consumer protection issues, including claims involving alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, state common law, federal regulatory statutes and class certification issues. Lucy has worked closely with financial institutions and corporations within the consumer finance industry to advise regarding internal processes and compliance issues, including dealing with regulatory authority audit 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 (7), Eli (5), and Josie (2) and a wonderful husband, Mike, who teaches chemistry and physics at Lebanon High School.
Patricia Orloff Erdmann
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 27 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 is currently a 2L 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 in 2013 and plans to return for the summer of 2014. 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.
Carol Nemeth Joven
Carol Nemeth Joven is an attorney at Price Waicukauski & Riley, LLC, a firm which primarily represents plaintiffs in civil litigation and class actions. Carol’s practice includes business litigation and professional malpractice. Previously, Carol worked at the former White & Raub, LLP (primarily a defense litigation firm) and the Office of the Attorney General (in advisory, tort litigation and appeals). Before that, Carol clerked for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge John G. Baker. In addition to serving on the WLD, Carol is an officer (Secretary) of the IBA’s Appellate Practice Section as well as Chair of the Appellate Practice’s CLE sub-committee. Carol is married to Jim Joven has 3 children (Thomas, Nate, and Catherine), ages 12, 10, and 8. Most of Carol’s “free time” is spent with her family.
Anna Kirkman (Secretary)
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 Law section of the IBA. Anna’s favorite hobbies are yoga and cooking.
Sara currently serves as an associate attorney at Hoover Hull LLP in Indianapolis. Sara practices in a variety of areas of civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, professional liability defense, employment law, and general business litigation. Sara grew up in North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota and IU McKinney Law School in Indianapolis. 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.
Jan Michelsen is a Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in the Indianapolis office. Ogletree Deakins has more than 600 attorneys in more than 40 offices across the nation and world. Jan practices defense-side labor and employment, primary employment discrimination litigation, advice and counseling, and union-management relations. Prior to attending law school, Jan worked as Director of Hospital Relations and then Director of Business Development for Indiana University Medical Center. Jan has an undergrad degree in journalism and an MBA in marketing. Jan has done some freelance writing, including publishing hundreds of greeting cards and inspirational posters. Jan has three rescued dogs (two golden retrievers and a harrier hound), and volunteers at the Hamilton County Humane Society, and ICAN, the Indiana Canine Assistance Program. Jan has served on several boards and committees in community organizations, including the Madame Walker Theatre Center and has been active in pro bono work in both federal and state courts. Before she joined Ogletree Deakins in 2001, she was an associate of Baker & Daniels for six (6) years. She graduated from I.U.
Marta Paul is from Pendleton, Indiana. Marta’s undergraduate background is in civil engineering. Marta’s practice is in intellectual property, with a specific focus on patent and trademark prosecution. Marta ismarried with two kids – Wade is 4 and Sylvia is almost 2.
Liz Polleys (Chair-Elect)
2014 is Liz Polleys’ sixth year as a member of the Women and Law Division Executive Committee. Liz currently the Chair-Elect of the Division and was the Secretary in 2013. Liz has been with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office since June 2013 and she currently prosecutes juvenile major felony cases (Class A, B, and C felonies including burglary, robbery, child molesting, and handgun offenses). Prior to joining the prosecutor’s office Liz was with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General as a law clerk in the Medical Licensing section and then as a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Litigation section. Liz graduated from the Indiana University 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 (however, she avoids any DIY or craft project from Pinterest because they all end in disaster), watching Jeopardy and anything from the BBC on PBS or Netflix, exploring new restaurants, museums, or other interesting local attractions, traveling, walking, hiking, and reading. Liz lives in downtown Indianapolis and is generally always willing to meet for lunch, coffee, dinner, or drinks!
Abby Troutman Rom is a judicial clerk for the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Prior to her clerkship with Judge Pratt, she clerked 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 a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association where she is active on the Women & the Law Division Executive Committee, the Diversity Job Fair Committee, and she volunteers her time as a grader for the Indy Bar Review course. During law school, Abby was published in the Valparaiso University Law Review and was a Moot Court Society board member. She competed in national moot court competitions and was awarded Best Oralist and Best Team at Valpo Law’s 2008 Swygert Memorial Moot Court Competition. Abby is married to Gary, a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana, and has a two year old daughter, Eliza. She enjoys traveling, reading science fiction novels, taking her daughter to dance and gymnastic classes, and keeping up with her favorite television shows. Abby and her family attend Traders Point Christian Church and live in the Zionsville area.
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 Indiana University Bloomington - 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.
Lori A. Spence is the Deputy General Counsel and Executive Director of Compliance Services at MISO. She is responsible for management of the Compliance Services Department which provides compliance oversight of the Company’s Tariff and FERC compliance, NERC and NAESB standards compliance, and corporate compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Prior to joining MISO, Ms. Spence was Senior Counsel for Cinergy Corp. (now Duke Indiana), focusing on federal energy matters for both the transmission and energy marketing business units. Ms. Spence received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her JD from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also completed the Kellogg School of Management Senior Leadership Series for Executive Women at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional through the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Elizabeth is a fourth year litigation associate at Ice Miller. She is originally from Normal, Illinois, and she lives on the south side of Indianapolis with her husband, Nick, who is attending grad school at IU-Bloomington. In addition to serving on the WLD Executive Committee, Elizabeth is also on the board of directors of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending all of her money at the Super Target near my house.
Angela Field Trapp
Angela Field Trapp, a native Hoosier, is a graduate of Penn High School (Mishawaka) and Indiana University-Bloomington. She graduated IU with a degree in Political Science. After college, Angela earned a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan’s top-ranked School of Public Health and worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Detroit, Michigan. Angela attended law school at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington. While in law school, she participated in the School’s mock trial team and spent her summers working as a law clerk at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, and at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Angela’s has served as a deputy prosecuting attorney at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office concentrating on felony and domestic violence cases. She was a lead attorney on more than 10 jury trials and more than 80 bench trials, and appeared in court on hundreds of occasions. Following her tenure at the Prosecutor’s Office, Angela decided to enter private practice and diversify her skills. In 2011, Angela formed Trapp Law, LLC. After representing government and large corporations, Angela now concentrates her practice on representing individuals and small businesses. Angela is most proud of her infant son. Angela and her family live in Fishers.