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ISBA Leadership Development Academy graduates 25 lawyers

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News Release

May 25, 2017


Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy graduates 25 lawyers


INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2017) – The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Leadership Development Academy class of 2017 convened for its final session and graduation May 19 in Bloomington. 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 25 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.


Dawn M. Adams, Indianapolis, Indiana Disability Rights


Adeyemi O. Adenrele, Indianapolis, Barnes & Thornburg


Rachel A. Arndt, Rochester, Peterson Waggoner & Perkins


Yolanda Cardona, Crown Point, State Farm


Alyssa C.B. Cochran, New Albany, Kightlinger & Gray


Abigail A. Diener, Delphi, Obear Overholser Huffer & Rider


Emily L. Angel Eads, Indianapolis, Kids’ Voice of Indiana


Natalie M. Fierek, North Webster, Law Office of Natalie M. Fierek


Adriana Figueroa, Indianapolis, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Benjamin D. Fryman, Valparaiso, Schwerd Fryman & Torrenga


Ashley N. Hand, Fort Wayne, Beckman Lawson


Dustin L. Howard, Salem, Dustin L. Howard LLC


Andrew B. Howk, Indianapolis, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman


Cristin L. Just, Demotte, Law Offices of Charles P. Dargo


Hon. Samuel R. Keirns, Fort Wayne, Allen Superior Court


Michelle C. Langdon, Indianapolis, Law Clerk to Justice Steven H. David


Ryan T. Leagre, Indianapolis, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun


Kevin J. Mitchell, Fort Wayne, Faegre Baker Daniels


Katie R. Osborne, Indianapolis, Riley Bennett & Egloff


Dylan A. Pittman, Indianapolis, Law Clerk to Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush


Paul J. Schilling, Indianapolis, Office of the Indiana Attorney General


Finis Tatum IV, Indianapolis, Glaser & Ebbs


Adam D. Turner, Warsaw, Turner Valentine


Travis A. Van Winkle, Indianapolis, Law Office of Travis Van Winkle


Jennifer L. Weber, Indianapolis, Office of Judicial Administration




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,