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Pat Shoulders Receives ICLEF’s Highest Honor

On the evening of July 26, 2017, ICLEF President Marsha Volk Bugalla presented Evansville attorney Patrick A. Shoulders (Partner, Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders LLP) the esteemed Excellence In Continuing Legal Education award on behalf of the ICLEF Board of Directors. The celebration occurred as part of the Board’s annual dinner meeting.

Joining Pat that evening were his wife, Lisa, along with former Excellence in CLE award winner Judge Melissa S. May and her guest, David Kent. The award carries with it a tremendous honor, as very few have received it. The inscription on the award reads as follows:

For being one who has actively participated and worked to enhance the quality and professionalism of continuing legal education in the State of Indiana, and

In gratitude for the efforts of innovative leadership and the pursuit of excellence in continuing legal education…and be it further known that this jurist is hereby accorded the distinctive recognition and has the admiration of this organization and the attorneys of the State of Indiana that comprise its membership.

Pat has been a loyal friend and extremely talented faculty instructor of ICLEF for over 30 years. His gifts of charisma, uncanny humor, and a pure passion for teaching have always brought an unparalleled energy to the programs which he participated on as either instructor or chair.

A graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Pat was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1978. He began his work with ICLEF in the 1980s, and became a fixture in trial and litigation curriculums by 1990. One of his more well-known highlights came in 1996 when he portrayed the fictional character “Dewey C. Howe” in ICLEF’s production of The Trial of John Wilkes Booth during the 100th Anniversary celebration of the ISBA. Shoulders’ character, Howe, was a stagehand who worked behind the scenes of the famous Ford Theater in Washington, D.C. The catch phrase of “bushy” (boooshay) became legendary during that production, as Howe described the hair of a stranger that he had observed in the darkness of the theater during the play that President Abraham Lincoln attended on the evening he was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

In addition to numerous other litigation and appellate programs, for the past 20 years Pat has served as one of the co-chairs for ICLEF’s Trial Advocacy Skills College, or “Trial Camp.” Each year he gives the participants nicknames based on how he perceives them to be seen through the eyes of the jury, as well as their personality, characteristics and tendencies. It is not unusual to receive thank you letters from past participants of the program, and they often include their nickname that Pat gave to them under their signatures.

In doing all of these things, Pat has successfully been able to orchestrate a harmonious balance between his practice, family life, as well as serving as one of IU’s Trustees. Those that are familiar with Pat know that he has never met a microphone he doesn’t like. Pat lives for the moment, and still brings that gregarious nature to every ICLEF program he is on. Seminars light up when Pat enters the room – and although you never completely know what is coming next, it was always memorable.

Congratulations, Pat, from all of us at ICLEF!


Past Excellence in CLE Award Recipients:

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard (retired)
Indiana Supreme Court

Honorable Melissa S. May
Indiana Court of Appeals

Robert C. Beasley

Richard S. Pitts

Andrew C. Mallor

Thomas R. Lemon

MaryEllen Kiley Bishop

Michael P. Bishop

John M. O’Drobinak
Crown Point

Alan M. Hux

Linda K. Meier

Mark W. McNeely

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38th Indiana Law Update, Sept. 20-21: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Michigan City & Evansville

38th Indiana Law Update, Sept. 20-21: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Michigan City & Evansville

36th Annual Judge Robert H. Staton Indiana Law Update, Sept. 23-24, 2014: An ICLEF 12 CLE SeminarThe 38th Annual Judge Robert H. Staton Indiana Law UpdateTM program began in 1979 under the Chairmanship of the late Hon. Robert H. Staton. It continues to offer the finest scholarly review of the latest trends, developments and changes in Indiana Law. Offering 12 CLE credits along with 1 ethics credit, it’s an outstanding value for your CLE dollar.

Indiana Law UpdateTM has no duplicate! If you want the very finest Update program, attend on September 20-21, 2016 in the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center or at one of the Live Group Webcast locations around the state. You can also watch from the comfort of your home or office with our Live Individual Webcasts of Day 1 & 2.

And This Year at the Indiana Convention Center… FREE WIFI ACCESS!

Hon. Melissa S. May
Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals, Indianapolis, IN

Ethics – Charles M. Kidd & Kevin P. McGoff

Constitutional Law Kenneth J. Falk

State and Federal Tax Update – Richard L. Bartholomew

Family and Juvenile Law – Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael & James A. Reed

Real Estate – Joshua C. Neal

Internet Law – Jessica L. Ballard-Barnett & Anthony J. Rose

Insurance Law – Richard S. Pitts

Torts – Kevin P. Farrell

Evidence: Criminal and Civil – Hon. Robert R. Altice Jr.

Employment Law – Melanie M. Dunajeski

Probate, Wills, Trusts and Elder Law – Todd I. Glass & Randall K. Craig

Business, Contracts and Banking – F. Anthony Paganelli

Criminal Law – Stacy R. Uliana & Jack H. Kenney

Intellectual Property Law – Thomas Q. Henry

Energy, Oil & Gas Law Update – John S. Rowe

Gun Law in Indiana – Guy A. Relford

Bankruptcy Law – Thomas P. Yoder


Tuesday & Wednesday, September 20 & 21, 2016
8:50 A.M. – 4:45 P.M. Eastern (Both Days)

For your convenience this years program will be available
simultaneously in multiple locations across the state:

– Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom,
100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225

– Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne
120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

– Blue Chip Resort & Casino, Michigan City
777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360
Program begins at 7:50 A.M. Central Time

– RhineErnst LLP Law Office
One Main Street, Suite 600, Evansville, IN 47708
Program begins at 7:50 A.M. Central Time

DAY 1    – or –    DAY 2
From your home or office computer with internet access

– Available state wide after Live Seminar date


For a Full Agenda, Additional Info or to Register Please, Click Here.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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Excellence in CLE Award Recipients

ICLEF would like to recognize the efforts of several extraordinary people. These individuals received the highest award of achievement ICLEF bestows to those who have committed their efforts to our distinct mission as Indiana’s premier provider of CLE – The “Excellence in Continuing Legal Education Award.”

The list of past recipients of the Excellence in CLE Award reflects some of the best and most dedicated to our profession including:
• Former Chief Justice Randall Sheperd
• Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Melissa May
• Muncie attorney Bob Beasley
• Arlington & Roe Vice President Rick Pitts
• Nationally recognized family law attorney Andy Mallor

These Excellence in CLE recipients belong in this elite group for their tireless and committed efforts to ICLEF and their limitless enthusiasm to continuing legal education. We are honored to call you friends and colleagues.


MaryEllen Bishop
MaryEllen Bishop has been a long time friend of ICLEF and has served and continues to serve this organization through her efforts as both a faculty member and a faculty chair in ICLEF’s expansive Estate & Trust curriculum. Most notably, MaryEllen has co-chaired ICLEF’s annual Midwest Estate Tax and Business Planning Institute since 2012. Her diligence and care leading the Institute have preserved the seminar as one of the most relevant in the Midwest, while maintaining the tradition, integrity and quality that have made the Institute a bedrock of ICLEF’s curriculum for 43 years.

While balancing both her private practice and her significant responsibilities as a Trustee of Indiana University – instead of suggesting to ICLEF she diminish her role in programming, MaryEllen asked “What can I do to continue to help?” It is this genuine response and care to educate Indiana lawyers that makes MaryEllen such an integral part of this organization.


Michael Bishop
Michael Bishop has served ICLEF in several capacities over the years. Having served two terms on the ICLEF Board, including as an Executive Committee member, Michael has also been an ICLEF Committee Chairperson, a Program Faculty Member, and a Program Chairperson.

Michael has not only helped shape ICLEF’s Alternative Dispute Resolution curriculum, but he remains actively involved in numerous ICLEF efforts including our complex litigation and adoption law seminars and our four-day intensive workshop the Trial Advocacy Skills College.

It is not simply Michael’s effective and appropriate leadership or the inexhaustible enthusiasm he brings to CLE that we recognize him. Most significantly, we recognize him for his untiring support of ICLEF and its mission.


Thomas Lemon
While his tenure as ICLEF President in 1992 may be well remembered, his legacy to this organization and the practicing bar of Indiana will no doubt be his work as Primary Instructor for the ICLEF 40-Hour Civil Mediation Training.

For the past 24 years, Tom has led this five-day intensive course, and has done so as many as four times a year, on behalf of ICLEF. Through these efforts, it is safe to say that the style and effectiveness of the mediation process in Indiana has been directly shaped and influenced by his teachings.

His love of teaching could be seen on his face each time he entered the building to prepare for the week long effort. He will truly be irreplaceable.


Mark-McNeely-ICLEF-1Mark McNeely
Mark McNeely has served this organization with several terms on the ICLEF Board of Directors. But the apex of his involvement came in 2010 through 2012 when serving as President of ICLEF. At that time, ICLEF significantly changed its corporate governance to reflect a leaner, more flexible organization, enabling ICLEF to quickly adapt to the changing educational needs of the Indiana legal community. It was the steadfast and resolute character shown under Mark’s leadership that set ICLEF on the path to a bright future.

While Mark’s term as a Member of ICLEF’s Board of Directors has expired, we know that he will remain an important part of this organization for years to come.


Alan-Hux-ICLEF-1Alan Hux
Taking the helm as President after Mark, Alan Hux has led ICLEF these most recent years during a time of transition and succession. During his tenure, we have reshaped our bylaws to allow more involvement of those purposely dedicated to continuing legal education. As well, he addressed the difficult task of developing and executing a proper succession plan of our staff leadership that had remained steady for almost 25 years.

Through all of this, Alan was a constant and trustworthy steward of ICLEF’s best interest, its present and its future.


Linda-Meier-ICLEF-1Linda Meier
It is hard to envision an ICLEF without Linda Meier, and fortunately we do not yet have to. It is important to recognize the contributions Linda has provided thus far.

She has served ICLEF in the roles of program faculty, program chairperson, board member, committee chairperson and its President. She has been the face and voice of ICLEF, representing ICLEF by attending meetings, symposiums, dinners, conclaves, lectures and law-related functions too numerous to count.

Never has she ignored the needs of ICLEF. Through all of these efforts and demands, her loyalty and commitment have never wavered.


John M ODrobinak, Secretary, Board of Directors, ICLEFJack O’Drobinak
Jack’s enthusiasm for the law is only matched by his love of teaching. In addition to serving on the ICLEF Board, including serving on ICLEF’s Executive Committee, Jack has been extremely active in seminar development, having presented in over 60 ICLEF seminars as well as drafting three “ICLEF Legal Publications” – The Guardian’s Handbook, The Estate Planner’s Index and The Trust Account Systems Manual.

Jack will go down as one of ICLEF’s most prolific faculty, presenting in any format from one hour to six hours and to any practice level from fresh-out-of-law-school to addressing some of the most complex estate administration issues.

His quick wit and “no nonsense” presentation style have endeared him to ICLEF audiences statewide these many years. But make no mistake; those of us who have worked with Jack know there is a great deal of work and preparation that goes into every presentation. His desire for excellence is what we wish to recognize.


ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis

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Alan M. Hux Receives the “Excellence in Continuing Legal Education Award” from ICLEF

Alan M. Hux Receives the “Excellence in Continuing Legal Education Award” from ICLEF

This past July, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) bestowed their highest honor, the Excellence in Continuing Legal Education Award to Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP attorney Alan M. Hux. Alan serves on the ICLEF Board of Directors and also is the seminar chairperson for the organization’s annual Year in Review continuing legal education seminar.

Having served as President of the ICLEF Board of Directors from 2012-2016, Alan led during a time of transition and succession for the organization. During his tenure, ICLEF reshaped its bylaws to allow more involvement of those purposely dedicated to continuing legal education. As well, he addressed the difficult task of developing and executing a proper succession plan of staff leadership that had remained steady for almost 25 years.

The list of recipients of the Excellence in Continuing Legal Education Award reflects some of the most dedicated to the legal profession in Indiana including:

  • Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Sheperd
  • Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Melissa May
  • Muncie, Indiana Attorney Bob Beasley
  • Arlington & Roe Insurance Vice President Rick Pitts
  • Bloomington, Indiana Family Law Attorney Andy Mallor

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis was incorporated on April 16, 1964 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation to provide quality continuing legal education.


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