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Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section


Message from the chair: getting paid to be a member BY ANTHONY “TONY” M. ROSE


want to welcome everyone to what is sure to be a busy and exciting year for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS). As chair of the section, I look forward to building on the hard work and vision of my predecessors with a full slate of events for this year. While the YLS offers significant opportunities to become involved in your profession and community, I would like to take this opportunity to outline a few tangible financial benefits to members of the YLS. I have been practicing law for about nine years, but, much to the chagrin of my previous employers, did not truly learn the value of saving

costs until I started my own firm earlier this year. Here are a few ways that you get paid to be a member: 1. Free & discounted CLE The ISBA has been working diligently over the past year to increase its benefits to members, focusing specifically on CLE offerings. Effective July 1, ISBA members can take up to three hours of ethics credit (a $90+ value) during the 2013-2014 bar year at no cost. In addition to these FREE CLE opportunities, all CLE programs are offered at a significant discount to members of the Association. A great example of this savings is at our upcoming Applied Professionalism

Seminar Dec. 3 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis (see registration form enclosed), where you can earn six hours of Ethics for just $65! And, even if your applied professionalism requirement has been satisfied, this is still a great way to obtain inexpensive CLE credit. Also, by participating in the ISBA Mentor Match program, you can receive up to 12 free CLE credits, to include your applied professionalism credits. For more information about these programs, please visit 2. Casemaker: A free premium legal research tool In recent months, the ISBA announced that it

renegotiated its contract with Casemaker to bring you not only a new and improved base product, but also all of its premium products at no additional cost. Of the most notable improvements is Casemaker’s negative citator system, which rivals its more well-known competitors. You can upload your brief or pleading to Casemaker, and it will automatically check all citations in your document and return a report to you. These are fast and reliable ways of ensuring that you are presenting good law to support your case. Again, this is all FREE as a member benefit.

Anthony “Tony” M. Rose practices at his firm, owner of the Anthony Rose Law Firm, in South Bend and serves as the 2013-2014 chair of the ISBA’s Young Lawyers Section. Tony can be reached at tonyrose.

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A young lawyer’s opportunity for non-profit service BY HON. THOMAS J. FELTS, ALLEN CIRCUIT COURT


here are many demands on a young lawyer’s time: billing requirements, learning the law, interaction with firm members, pro bono work, ISBA and other professional organizations, family, and social life - just to name a few. So, it’s certainly fair for a young lawyer to ask: “You want me to do something else? How can I find the time?” Let me respectfully suggest that every young lawyer should make the time to get involved in his or her local not-for-profit community. The benefits you receive, both professionally and personally, make it time well spent. “Okay, you have my attention. Now I have

questions: How do I get started? What’s in it for me?” Here’s my story. Sometime during my second year in practice, one of my senior partners asked me to meet with some new clients of his who had a problem with a home they had just purchased. Being the newest associate in the office I was blessed with the smallest office in the back corner of our floor. That afternoon I had a call from our receptionist, asking if I could come out to the waiting area and help the clients navigate their way back to my office. Thinking this request unusual, I went out front and saw that the wife of the couple was in a wheelchair, and yes, it would be tricky making her way back

to my office. (Mind you, this was before mandatory ADA compliance.) The woman, who I came to know as Anne, was very appreciative of the extra effort I had taken, and after we talked about her real estate issue, she told me about her unfortunate traffic accident several years before. She suffered a spinal cord injury, which left her permanently paralyzed, and as a result of help she received, she became involved in the local chapter of the national spinal cord injury foundation. When we concluded our legal work, she asked if I had ever served on a board of directors, which I hadn’t. My inexperience didn’t dissuade her, and she asked if I would be interested in serving

on the spinal cord injury foundation board. I accepted her invitation, and thus began my many subsequent years of service. I have never regretted taking that first step, and in the many years since, I have learned so much—from Robert’s Rules of Order to how to coalesce and compromise, from fundraising to logic models, from how to be a good follower to how to be a good leader. I would submit that there has never been a better time for a young lawyer to get involved in the not-for-profit community. Social service agencies, arts organizations, and the like are literally begging for young people from all lines of work to join

them, and the fact that you are a young lawyer only sweetens the pot. While it’s true that most young lawyers have neither the resources to make significant individual financial contributions nor the contacts to facilitate fundraising, young lawyers can make many other valuable contributions to these organizations. This age of social media and instant communication baffles many in the notfor-profit community and organizations are looking to young professionals to guide them to the best utilization of social media. Additionally, there is such a perceived (if not actual) shortage of young people involved in the not-for-profit community that young lawyers are (continued on page 2)


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR 3. Business growth

firm’s services. I have a hard time being personable and enjoying company and events when I carry the pressure to sell a product.

and by doing so I can avoid the awkwardness of overtly soliciting referrals from other attorneys, which generally proves ineffective anyhow.

We all know there is no magical formula to building a successful practice. My best source of client referrals is through other attorneys. The challenge is finding a way to distinguish yourself from other attorneys so that you make the shortlist. I have attended many events marketed as “networking” events. Along with most of the people at these events, I’m not very comfortable when I am stuck in a room with a mission to sell my

The ISBA and my local bar give me the forum to relax, be myself and make friends. The events include light-duty service projects, CLE functions and various receptions and social occasions. I generally try to avoid “talking shop” at these events – we all get enough of that at the office. I would much rather talk about football, traveling or family than the annals of Article 9 of the UCC. I simply rely on making my face familiar by attending events,

Through the ISBA, I have made many friends all over the state, and I genuinely enjoy seeing them, even if only a few times a year. When you show up to an event, even if it is your first one, I promise that someone, and likely many people, will break the ice with an introduction. Before you know it, you will have many new friends in your area and throughout the state. Then, sooner or later, you will start getting calls and emails with referrals. The


Now that I have your attention and your interest, your next step is identifying and locating a not-forprofit organization to see if there are board or service opportunities available. Most agencies’ websites can help you in this regard. I would recommend choosing an organization with which you have had some prior contact: perhaps you know board or staff members or you’ve attended an agency’s event. Or, you might find an organization whose mission or focus is something in which you have had some prior involvement or interest: an animal organization if you are a pet owner, a theatre group if you have had prior acting experience, and so on.

I’ve come a long way since my first encounter with Anne and my service on the local chapter of the spinal cord injury foundation. I have served locally on boards for two local theatres, a Catholic nursing home, a college alumni organization, my church and my children’s schools, and educational

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(continued from page 1) being targeted to help these organizations make inroads into future donors, volunteers, etc. Of course, it’s not all a matter of giving. There’s an awful lot of receiving for a young lawyer that greatly outweighs the investment of time and talent. Some of my best mediation skills were learned in not-for-profit board meetings, listening to both sides of an agency issue and negotiating a solution owned by competing sides. Some of my best leadership skills were learned in running board meetings, working closely with staff, drafting and executing strategic and longrange plans, dealing with employment issues—the list goes on and on. Networking is another great perk of not-for-profit service for the young lawyer. There are few better ways of getting your name “out there” in such a positive light, especially with those with whom you might not usually come into contact—not only other professionals but the general public as well. The goodwill generated will benefit you with your colleagues, partners and peers.


Once you have identified an organization, you will want to find out everything you can about its board service: What is the board term and length of service? What is the board’s level of participation—is it generally active or passive? (The more engaged the board, the better.) What committees does the board have and is there one or more which would be a good fit for you? What are the board members’ responsibilities— specifically, is fundraising a requirement or expectation? Is the organization in good standing with the Secretary of State and the IRS?1

best part is that you spent no money on marketing and gained a client by simply having fun. In summary, take advantage of the many benefits, financial among them, the YLS has to offer. Beyond the CLE and legal research savings, enjoy the benefit of having fun. Making your face familiar and being yourself will lead to friendships. Without any specific effort or intent of developing business, these friendships will grow your client base.

that are scheduled to take place this year. Stay tuned to emails and future newsletters for more information. I also invite you to email me at the address below or Carissa Long, YLS staff liaison, at if you would like more information about upcoming events or would like to become more involved with the YLS.

I encourage you to make yourself familiar at events and private foundations. Statewide, I have served on state bar and judicial conference and association boards. These opportunities for board service have demanded a lot from me in terms of time and effort, but I have never regretted any of them and I have grown from each of them. You can too!

1. You can verify the organization’s standing by searching for it on the Secretary of State’s website, and you can examine the organization’s federal tax return Form 990, also available online.

In this photo, attorney volunteers gather to pose for a group picture after replacing the siding for a shed on the playground at the Evansville ARC.


n July, the ISBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) teamed up with attorneys from the Evansville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for a community service project

at the Evansville ARC. YLS Immediate-Past Chair Reynold T. Berry, a partner at the Indianapolis firm Rubin & Levin, coordinated the “Young Lawyers Serving Hoosiers with Disabilities” day of

service, providing attorneys the opportunity to give back to the community. This day of service was one of two conducted.

ISBA Young Lawyers Section




Dec. 3, 2013

- AGENDA QUICK LOOK 7:30 am – 8:00 am 8:00 am – 8:10 am 8:10 am – 4:00 pm 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration and Breakfast Welcome and Introductions CLE Presentation Judicial Reception

Network with young lawyers, local judges and bar leaders at the annual Judicial Reception. As an AP Seminar attendee, you can attend this reception at half price!

Seminar: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Reception: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm JW Marriott 10 S. West St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 6 hrs. of Ethics CLE: This course fulfills the requirement for new attorneys. Registration includes: Electronic program materials (to include new “Workplace Survival Guide”), breakfast, lunch and access to a half-price ticket to YLS Judicial Reception immediately following.

CLE Pricing Information ISBA Member with less than 3 years of practice

ISBA member, more than 3 years

Non-member with less than 3 years of practice

Non-member, more than 3 years

❑ $65 for AP Seminar ❑ $75 for AP Seminar and Judicial Reception ❑ $75 for AP Seminar ❑ $95 for AP Seminar and Judicial Reception


❑ $180 for AP Seminar ❑ $190 for AP Seminar and Judicial Reception ❑ $360 for AP Seminar ❑ $380 for AP Seminar and Judicial Reception

Payment Information:


❑ Check (make payable to Indiana State Bar Association)

City, State, Zip_________________________________________

Credit Card (3-4 digit Card Verification Code & signature required) ❑ VISA ❑ MasterCard ❑ Discover

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Indiana State Bar Association • One Indiana Square, Suite 530 • Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-639-5465 • 800-266-2581 Toll Free • 317-266-2588 Fax Young Lawyers Section: Applied Professionalism CLE - 12/3/2013

A $25 service fee will be applied to cancellations received on or before 11/26/13. No refunds on cancellations received after 11/26/13. If you send someone else in your place, please provide ISBA with that person’s name.

Return completed registration form to: Fax 317-266-2588, Attn: Sherry Allan, or email, For more information, please call the ISBA at 317-639-5465.

The Young Lawyers Section invites you to attend the annual

Indiana State Bar Association Judicial Reception Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

JW Marriott Indianapolis 10 South West St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with your local judges and colleagues. Firms may sponsor this special event, or you may purchase individual tickets. Sponsoring organizations receive one complimentary ticket per $200 donation and will be recognized in State Bar publications.

Call the ISBA at 317.639.5465 or 800.266.2581 for more information about registering for this event.

Pricing Information ❑ FREE - Tickets for judges are complimentary! ❑ $20 - ISBA Members or any spouse/guest of judge ❑ $40 - Non-ISBA Members Name________________________________________________

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Indiana State Bar Association • One Indiana Square, Suite 530 • Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-639-5465 • 800-266-2581 Toll Free • 317-266-2588 Fax Young Lawyers Section: Judicial Reception - 12/3/2013

Return completed registration form to: Fax 317-266-2588, Attn: Sherry Allan, or email, For more information, please call the ISBA at 317-639-5465.

Taking your discovery dispute to court BY WILLIAM A. RAMSEY1


rial courts and the Court of Appeals have repeatedly explained that attorneys should file motions to compel rarely because “[t]he vital resources of the trial court’s time should be spent on discovery issues rarely and sparingly.”2 Indiana courts have specifically instructed attorneys “to avoid, by cooperative effort, imposing on the trial courts for resolution of discovery matters”3 and to “make a reasonable effort to reach agreement with the opposing party concerning the matter which is the subject of the motion or request.”4 That being said, despite attorneys’ best efforts, legitimate discovery disputes occur as do, unfortunately, discovery abuses.5 Common subjects of legitimate disputes include the scope of the attorney-client or physician-patient privilege;6 intellectual property or trade secrets;7 and private information of individuals who are not directly involved in litigation.8 Sometimes parties can reach compromises or can draft protective orders that address the producing parties’ concerns. At other times, however, the party seeking discovery reasonably believes it must have information the opposing party reasonably believes it should not or cannot legally produce. These disputes can and should be addressed by courts. Before a court can reach the merits of a legitimate discovery dispute, however, the party seeking discovery or a protective order must demonstrate that the party has made reasonable efforts to avoid filing the motion. In state court, a party filing a motion must identify in the motion “the date, time and place of this effort to reach agreement, whether in person or by phone, and the names of all parties and attorneys participating

therein.”9 In federal court, the moving party “must include a certification that the movant has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the person or party failing to make disclosure or discovery in an effort to obtain it without court action.”10 Both state and federal courts take the meetand-confer requirement seriously.11 Federal courts may deny motions to compel without even waiting for a response if the motion fails to establish that good faith efforts have occurred.12 Courts can also issue sanctions against a party who files a discovery motion without making a good faith effort to resolve the dispute.13 Most federal courts view an exchange of letters insufficient to constitute reasonable efforts, and instead contemplate an actual conversation between the parties or their attorneys regarding the dispute.14 Although some state courts will rule on discovery motions if a dispute is apparent from a written exchange, the safest course, whether in state or federal court, is to pick up the phone, call opposing counsel, and give the court no reason to not reach the merits. The exception to this meet-and-confer requirement occurs if one party refuses or unreasonably delays meeting and conferring.15 In fact, if the opposing party delays or refuses to meet and confer, it becomes incumbent upon the party seeking relief to act promptly and seek the court’s assistance.16 In addition to making and documenting efforts to resolve disputes, parties filing or inviting a motion to compel must be sure to have a valid legal basis for their positions to avoid sanctions. If a court finds that a party’s position was unreasonable, sanctions are a distinct possibility.17

What grounds constitute a reasonable basis for seeking or resisting discovery varies from case to case. Instead of merely reciting the general discovery standard, a party should be prepared to cite specific rules, statutes, or cases to a court. Simply stating that a request is or is not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence is shaky ground on which to stand before a court. When filing a discovery motion, one is well served to remember the old adage, “whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.”18 The consequences of not properly preparing a motion to compel—by documenting the parties’ efforts to comply with Rule 26(F) and by providing the court with persuasive citations to authority—can be an order that either deprives a party of discovery that should have been provided or requires a party to produce information that should have been protected. Depending on the nature of the discovery at issue, the ruling can damage a client as much or more than an adverse final judgment.19 ________________________________

1. Will is an attorney at Murphy Ice & Koeneman LLP in Fort Wayne and a former judicial law clerk to the Honorable Margret Robb of the Indiana Court of Appeals. 2. Howard v. Dravet, 813 N.E.2d 1217, 1223 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004). 3. Id. 4. Ind. T.R. 26(F)(1); see also Whitaker v. Becker, 960 N.E.2d 111, 113 (Ind. 2012). 5. See, e.g., Prime Mortgage USA, Inc. v. Nichols, 885 N.E.2d 628, 650 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008) (noting that producing a forged document constitutes a



discovery abuse). 6. See generally Penn Cent. Corp. v. Buchanan, 712 N.E.2d 508, 516 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999) (reversing award of fees and concluding that a party was substantially justified in seeking the deposition of a class counsel), trans. denied. 7. See generally Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. v. Mayberry, 878 N.E.2d 189, 193 (Ind. 2007) (adopting a three-part balancing test to address a request for an order protecting trade secrets from discovery). 8. See generally In re WTHR-TV, 693 N.E.2d 1, 6 (Ind. 1998) (“[W]here nonparties to a dispute are involuntarily dragged into court their interest in being left alone is a legitimate consideration in this balancing and they are no less entitled to any protections the Trial Rules afford.”); Ramirez v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 652 N.E.2d 511, 516-17 (Ind. Ct. App. 1995) (denying motion to compel production of insurance company’s claim files regarding third parties). 9. Ind. T.R. 26(F)(2); Chaney v. Clarian Health Partners, Inc., 954 N.E.2d 1063, 1067 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011) opinion modified on reh’g, 967 N.E.2d 508 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012). 10. F.R.C.P. 37(a)(1). 11. See Kalis v. Colgate-Palmolive Co., 231 F.3d 1049, 1059 (7th Cir. 2000); Long v. Anderson Univ., 204 F.R.D. 129, 133 (S.D. Ind. 2001) (recognizing that the failure to identify the attempts at resolving a discovery dispute “can be a fatal mistake”); Ind. T.R. 26(F) (“The court may deny a discovery motion filed by a party who has failed to comply with the requirements of this subsection.”). 12. See, e.g., Busbee v. Lewis, 2013 WL 2358933 at *1 (N.D. Ind. 2013). 13. See Walker, 725 N.E.2d at 531. 14. See Ind. T.R. 26(F) (contemplating a conference, “whether in person or by phone); C.A. v. Amli at Riverbend LP, 2008 WL 1995451 at *2 (S.D. Ind. 2008) (“In the Court’s view, a reasonable effort to reach agreement ‘means more than mailing or faxing a letter to the opposing party. It requires that the parties in good faith converse, confer, compare views, consult and deliberate, or in good faith attempt to do so.’” (quoting Payless Shoesource Worldwide, Inc. v. Target Corp., 237 F.R.D. 666, 670 (D. Kan. 2006))); Alexander v. F.B.I.,

186 F.R.D. 197, 199 (D.D.C. 1999) (concluding that leaving a message for opposing counsel before filing a motion to compel was insufficient); Walker v. McCrea, 725 N.E.2d 526, 531 (Ind. App. 2000) (affirming a trial court’s award of expenses to defendant based on plaintiff’s failure “to include the date, time, and place of the effort, whether by person or phone, and the names of all parties and attorneys participating in the effort as required under Indiana Trial Rule 26(F)”). 15. See Ind. T.R. 26(F)(2). 16. See In re Sulfuric Acid Antitrust Litig., 231 F.R.D. 331, 337 (N.D. Ill. 2005) (concluding motion to compel filed on the day discovery closed was not timely); Chustak v. N. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co., 259 Ind. 390, 397, 288 N.E.2d 149, 154 (1972) (“A party may not wait until the last possible moment to act, then rely upon the discovery rules and expect the court to halt its proceedings in order to accommodate his motion.”); Aamco Transmission v. Air Sys., Inc., 459 N.E.2d 1215, 1219 (Ind. Ct. App. 1984). 17. See James v. Hyatt Regency Chicago, 707 F.3d 775, 785 (7th Cir. 2013) (affirming sanctions award based on finding that party “was using unreasonable discovery requests as a weapon”); Huber v. Montgomery Cnty. Sheriff, 940 N.E.2d 1182, 1186 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010). 18. Some trace this saying to a letter Philip Stanhope, the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, wrote to his son in 1746. Variations appear in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the movie A League of Their Own, and Mary Calhoun’s children’s book, Euphonia and the Flood. 19. Although a discussion of appealing an unfavorable discovery order is beyond the scope of this article, the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Seventh Circuit have recognized the propriety of purposely violating discovery orders, which are not appealable as of right, in the hopes of drawing monetary sanctions, which are appealable as of right. See Marrese v. Am. Acad. of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 726 F.2d 1150, 1157 (7th Cir.1984), rev’d on other grounds, 470 U.S. 373 (1985); Allstate Ins. Co. v. Scroghan, 851 N.E.2d 317, 322 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006).

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Outgoing chair’s message: A year in review REYNOLD T. BERRY


t is hard to believe a year has already passed since I took over as chair of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS). The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) does not run on a calendar year, but rather from one annual meeting (typically in October) to the next. An ironic fact of getting older is that as the work week seems longer, somehow the years keep getting shorter. The 2012-2013 bar year was no exception. Our annual meeting in October 2012 was held in Indianapolis. At that meeting, the gavel was passed from Jason A. Cichowicz, South Bend, and I was entrusted as steward of the YLS until our meeting in French Lick on Oct. 17. What a year it was. Thankfully, I had the amazing contributions of a thriving YLS council to help achieve another banner year for our section. The YLS currently has over 2,400 members. As the largest and one of the most active sections in the ISBA, the YLS is often considered the “service arm” of the Association. Our service theme for 2012-2013 was “Young Lawyers Serving Hoosiers with Disabilities.” It was extremely rewarding to complete service projects at the Easter Seals Crossroads rehabilitation center in Indianapolis in March, and at the Evansville ARC school for developmentally challenged children in July. All proceeds of our annual golf outing were donated to Disability Legal Services of Indiana, a non-profit providing free or low cost legal services to disabled children throughout the state of Indiana. The partnership of YLS with these great organizations provided meaningful opportunities for young lawyers to give back to a particularly underserved population. I was quite gratified to see firsthand the willingness of young professionals to donate their


(extremely valuable) time to a couple of great causes. I want to especially thank Anthony “Tony” M. Rose, South Bend, now the YLS chair, for his incredible contributions to the section. And, I would be remiss if I failed to mention Casey C. Kannenberg, now of Denver, Colo., who served as our secretary/treasurer and editor of this publication for the first half of my term as chair. Casey will be missed but we are excited that Matthew J. Light, Indianapolis, was elected to complete Casey’s term. Matt will be up for election at our annual meeting as chair elect and I fully expect continued success of the YLS under Tony and Matt’s leadership.

Like any organization with as many moving parts as the YLS, so much of the real work is done at the committee level. I want to mention and give thanks to the following committee chairs for their great work: Tony M. Rose, Awards and Membership committees; Thomas S. Clary, Scholarship Committee; Tonya R. Hosford, CLE/AP Seminar Committee; Candace Armstrong, CLE/AP Seminar Committee; Amber Nicole Ying, Public Service Committee; David Lynch, Public Education Committee; and Andrea Ciobanu, Wellness Committee. A very special thanks to Ryan R. Kutansky, Highland, for completing his third

consecutive year chairing our golf outing and Matthew J. Light for another term as chair of the Judicial Reception, two of our most visible (and successful) annual events. I want to also express my gratitude for the efforts of Alexander J. Platte, Fort Wayne, as chair of the Publications Committee (and editor of this issue of our newsletter). Last, but certainly not least, Benjamin D. Fryman, Valparaiso, for chairing the fourth annual YLS “Dinner with the Judiciary” event on Oct. 25.1

wonderful members of our section and this great Association. Good luck and Godspeed! 1. If you are interested in serving on a committee for the 2013-2014 term, please contact Carissa Long at While I am praising the contributions of YLS council members, I need to also express my sincere appreciation for the great work done by the ISBA staff, especially Carissa Long, without whom we could not complete the work of this Association.

I leave you with my humble and grateful thanks for your trust as chair of the YLS. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the

Outstanding achievements recognized at luncheon


t the State Bar’s Awards Luncheon held at its fall meeting in French Lick on Oct. 17, the Young Lawyers Section recognized the following individuals for their tireless efforts and outstanding achievements. Outstanding Judge Award: Hon. William E. Alexa, Valparaiso, is judge of the Porter Superior Court II, where he has served since 2002 when he was first appointed to the bench to fill an unexpired vacancy. He was later elected in 2006 and reelected in 2012 to full terms on the bench. Immediately prior to serving as judge, he practiced law in Porter County for more than 20 years. In 1988, Judge Alexa was elected to the Indiana Senate, District 5, where he served nearly four terms. He served on the Senate Committee on Military & Veterans Affairs, and was co-author of the bill that established the Indiana Commission on Military & Veterans Affairs. He also served on the Senate Corrections & Criminal Code,

Judiciary and State Budget committees. Judge Alexa is a veteran of the United States Army. He has been recognized with many prestigious awards, one of which was the Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Frank O’Bannon in 2002. He earned his J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1973. Outstanding Young Lawyer Award: Sarah C. Jenkins, Indianapolis, is an associate at the firm Faegre Baker Daniels, where she focuses her practice on general business and probate litigation, including will contests, contesting inter vivos transfers, guardianships and commitment proceedings. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Jenkins clerked for the Hon. Judge Paul D. Mathias of the Indiana Court of Appeals. She also worked at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, drafting appellate briefs. Jenkins is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana

State and American bar associations. She is also a member of the Indianapolis American Inn of Court. She earned her B.A. at Indiana University in 2003 and her J.D., magna cum laude, at the I.U. Maurer School of Law in 2006. Liberty Bell Award: Lisa Plencner, South Bend, has been the Court Administrator for the St. Joseph Circuit Court for nine years. Previously, she worked as a felony secretary with the St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and as a deputy clerk for the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office. Plencner attended Loyola University Chicago and Indiana UniversityBloomington. She received her paralegal certificate from Indiana University-South Bend. Plencner has been actively involved in her local community, where she currently serves as vice president of the South Bend League of Women Voters (LWV), after having previously served as president for five

consecutive years. She is also active with the United States League of Women Voters (Ruth S. Shur Fellow); Unity Gardens (board member); and the District B Volunteer Lawyer Network. Additionally, Lisa is the coordinator for the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” school program. Donald R. Lundberg Writing Award: Recipient ($200): Federal Court Practice for the Young Lawyer by Gina M. Venturelli, Indianapolis (YLS Network, Fall 2012) See pictures of all the fall meeting award winners at

The Indiana State Bar Association is excited to announce the launch of its mobile app! To download, search for Indiana State Bar Association at the iTunes App Store or at Google Play. Once downloaded, you will have access to the ISBA app. You can also access and use the app over the Internet by visiting:

Find out about upcoming CLE & social events Read Res Gestae & Addendum Connect with ISBA staffers Access the ISBA Board of Governors directory


Contact Section & Committee chairs View ISBA member benefits Connect with ISBA on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn

And so much more!

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CLE Calendar


ISBA - YLS Calendar of Events Dec. 3

Applied Professionalism Seminar | JW Marriott, Indianapolis

Dec. 3

Annual Judicial Reception | JW Marriott, Indianapolis

Dec. 7

YLS Council Meeting | Indianapolis

For questions about a calendar item, please contact Carissa Long at

Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section


Young Lawyers Section Council 2013 - 2014 OFFICERS Chair Anthony M. Rose, South Bend Chair-Elect Matthew J. Light, Indianapolis Secretary/Treasurer Benjamin D. Fryman, Valparaiso Immediate Past Chair Reynold T. Berry, Indianapolis Ex-Officio Jason A. Cichowicz, South Bend DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES District 1 Adam J. Sedia, Dyer District 2 Jheremy Perkins, Merrillville District 3 Victoria R. Wolf, South Bend

District 4 Alisa J. Pearson, Fort Wayne District 5 Jacob Taulman, Kentland District 6 Charles B. Daugherty, Shelbyville District 7 Thomas S. Clary II, Terre Haute District 8 Clay W. Havill, Evansville District 9 Aaron M. Johnson, New Albany District 10 Samuel J. Beasley, Muncie District 11 Michael A. Clements, Indianapolis

AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVES Andrea Ciobanu, Indianapolis Ashley G. Eade, New Albany Tonya R. Hosford, Washington Lumi Nodit, Lafayette Adrienne E. Rines, Muncie Tonya R. Hosford, Washington

COUNSEL TO THE CHAIR David Lynch, Richmond MARION COUNTY BAR LIAISON Amber Nicole Ying, Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS BAR LIAISON Matthew D. Neumann, Indianapolis LAW SCHOOL LIAISONS I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alyssa Taylor, Indianapolis

Allyson E. Claybourn, Evansville

I.U. Maurer School of Law Adam R. Doerr, Bloomington

Hon. Andrew J. Wells, Beech Grove

Notre Dame Law School Vacant

Beau F. Zoeller, Indianapolis

Valparaiso University School of Law Vacant ISBA STAFF LIAISON Carissa Long, Indianapolis

YLS November 2013  

November 2013 issue of the YLS Network.

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