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J. Todd Spurgeon inducted as ISBA president


. Todd Spurgeon, a partner at Kightlinger & Gray LLP in New Albany, was inducted as president of the Indiana State Bar Association on Oct. 12 during the final day of the ISBA Annual Meeting at French Lick, Ind. An I.U. Maurer School of Law alumnus, who earned his undergraduate degree from Wabash College, Spurgeon is an experienced litigator with significant trial experience. He regularly appears in state and federal courts, handling a wide range of insurance defense matters. Spurgeon’s primary goals for his tenure include strengthening ISBA’s relationships with Indiana’s law schools – partnerships he helped forge while on the Board of Governors – and implementing the offering of health insurance for ISBA members and their firms. “My aim for this year is relatively simple,” Spurgeon said. “The ISBA will continue to strive to serve our members’ varying needs and serve as the independent voice of the Indiana legal profession, and we will continue to work tirelessly to improve the administration

of justice and promote the public understanding of the legal system. However, we will work to evolve to do those things better, more effectively, and even differently than they have been done in the past.” Spurgeon succeeds Andi M. Metzel, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis. During her term as ISBA president, Metzel prioritized building better relationships with Indiana’s legal institutions – from courts to bar associations to the Indiana Bar Foundation. She also guided the organization through a period of transition, from a reimagined fall meeting to the hiring of a new executive director, Joe Skeel. “I’m so proud of the work we’ve accomplished at the Indiana State Bar Association, and I can’t wait to see where Todd takes us from here,” Metzel said. Metzel will remain on the ISBA Board of Governors as immediate past president. Leslie C. Henderzahs, a partner at Church Church Hittle & Antrim in Noblesville, assumes her role as ISBA president-elect, and Michael E. Tolbert of Tolbert & Tolbert LLC in Gary was elected vice president during the Association Assembly breakfast. q – Michael Sanserino, ISBA Communications Manager,

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Continued from page 5 and Andi has pushed the Association to accelerate its efforts to do so. It has been a privilege to witness Andi’s incredible passion for and dedication to the ISBA and its service to its members and the public. Executive Director Joe Skeel is just now approaching the end of merely his first year at the helm. It is exciting to witness Joe’s enthusiasm and willingness to challenge the ISBA to continue to evolve in all aspects to better serve its members. I still cannot believe that I have been blessed with the opportunity and challenge to serve as president of this great organization. It is with excitement and more than a little nervousness that I begin my year of service. My goals are simple. The ISBA will continue to serve as the independent voice of Indiana’s legal profession; it will continue to work tirelessly to improve the administration of justice and promote public understanding of the legal system; and it will strive to be a champion of diversity and inclusion in the profession. All the while, we will continue our work to do those things better, more effectively and even differently because today’s Hoosier lawyer “must face problems arising out of an economic and social environment which has changed almost overnight and which requires a knowledge of many broad subjects that [our predecessors] at the bar had no occasion to regard.” Yep, you guessed it. That quote was from 1922 as well. The more things change … q

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Res Gestae - October 2018  

October 2018 edition of Res Gestae, the journal of the Indiana State Bar Association

Res Gestae - October 2018  

October 2018 edition of Res Gestae, the journal of the Indiana State Bar Association