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Posted on: Jan 12, 2016

By Jennifer Tudor Wright, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Happy New Year, YLD Members! The New Year brings many exciting social, educational and civic events for the IndyBar YLD. First, let me introduce myself. I am the 2016 YLD Chair. I am an associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. I earned my J.D. cum laude from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. I received a B.A. with high distinction from Indiana University, Bloomington. When I am not in the office, I tend to take part in all of the festivities that downtown Indianapolis has to offer – running on the Cultural Trial, tailgating for the Colts, concerts at White River State Park, attending shows at IRT, having brunch in Fountain Square, and socializing on Mass Ave – especially for YLD events.

As the 2016 YLD Chair, my introduction would not be complete without encouraging you to attend our upcoming events. One of the division's goals for 2016 is to increase emphasis on providing our members high-value and worthwhile networking opportunities within the Circle City. As part of the Circle City Connect Series, the YLD will pair with other Indianapolis organizations, focusing on those organizations with high involvement from young professionals. Our first Circle City Connect event will be held with Young Professionals of Central Indiana on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tap (306 N. Delaware Street).

The Social Committee (led by Jennifer Strange and Justin Allen) is also planning a March Madness Kick-Off Event for March 2016. Due to input put from YLD members, watch for more family-friendly social events in 2016, as well.

Also in 2016, the YLD Education Committee (led by Kate Erdel and Justin Sorrell) will continue its tradition of hosting four CLEs, as well as the Spring and Fall Applied Professionalism Courses. Based on feedback from our members, we will introduce more lunchtime CLEs and will work to incorporate more topics of interest to our non-traditional attorney members. Due to our successful collaboration with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) last year, the Civic Committee (led by Jenai Brackett and Julie Mahomed) hopes to continue to develop the momentum this year through other partnerships with KIB. Also, watch out for the Civic and Social Committee to team up – holding socials for a cause – in 2016. Please continue to check the IndyBar Events Calendar periodically throughout the year for more details.

Next, I’d like to introduce you to our new YLD Executive Committee members in 2016: Leeann Simpkins of Wooden McLaughlin, Brock Easton of Alerding Castor Hewitt LLP, and Stephanie McGowan of Benesch. Other members (not mentioned above) of our 2016 YLD Executive Committee include: Alex Limontes, Ian Goodman, Janelle Kilies and Matt Neumann. Alex provides invaluable support to our Social and Civic Committees.Ian serves as our Secretary and Finance Liaison. Janelle heads up the annual Scavenger Hunt for summer associates/interns. Matt is the former 2015 Chair of the YLD. Thank you again, Matt, for a great 2015! 

Last, I’d like to personally invite your feedback. If you have any suggestions on ways to better the YLD in 2016, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at The YLD is always looking for opportunities to enhance the services provided to its members, and welcomes your thoughts at any time.

I look forward to meeting you in person at one of our upcoming events! Cheers!

This post was written by Jennifer Tudor Wright, Barnes & Thornburg LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division, please email Rachel Beachy at


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