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May 24, 2016

Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy graduates 24 lawyers

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2016) – The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Leadership Development Academy class of 2016 convened for its final session and graduation May 20 in Richmond. The lawyers are accomplished legal practitioners who have been admitted to practice for less than 15 years. The Academy is a statewide leadership program established to empower and develop lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may fill significant leadership roles in local and state bar associations, local communities and organizations and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.

The 24 members participated in five sessions featuring professional facilitators and prominent speakers from various disciplines to inform participants about leadership principles and techniques, the importance of effective leaders in organizations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and the challenges and rewards of leadership in action.

Members of the 2016 Leadership Development Academy include:

Michele L. Anderson, Indianapolis, Frost Brown Todd

Elizabeth L. Barnes, Merrillville, Church Church Hittle & Antrim

Jason W. Bennett, Lafayette, Law Clerk to Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

Amber K. Boyd, Indianapolis, Amber Boyd – Attorney at Law

Danielle K. Campbell, South Bend, Leone Halpin

Randall D. Cloe, Carmel, Cloe Legal

Erica C.R. Costello, Indianapolis, Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration

James B. Dillon, Gary, Lake County Prosecutor’s Office

Laura S. Fattouch, Lawrenceburg, Sorge Law Firm

O. Adedoyin Gomih, Merrillville, Adedoyin Gomih Law

Anne E. Fischesser, South Bend, Faegre Baker Daniels

Yvette M. LaPlante, Evansville, Keating & LaPlante

Carlton L. Martin, Indianapolis, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Ann O’Connor McCready, Indianapolis, Taft Stettinius Hollister

Flora A. Owolabi, Indianapolis, Law Office of Flora A. Owolabi

Adrienne E. Rines, Marion, Kiley Harker & Certain

Ruth M. Rivera, Indianapolis, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Leah L. Seigel, Indianapolis, Law Clerk to Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark S. Massa

Chelsea E. Smith, Indianapolis, Department of Homeland Security

Raeanna C. Spahn, Crown Point, State Farm Insurance

Jordan J. Szymialis, Lafayette, Stuart & Branigin

Jessica Whelan, Indianapolis, Bingham Greenebaum Doll

Katharine “Kate” A. Williams, South Bend, St. Joseph County Community Corrections Advisory Board

Laura E. Wyrick, Fort Wayne, Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom


Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit

Media Contact: Carissa Long, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, ISBA, 800.266.2581,

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