Indiana Lawyer is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2022 Leadership in Law Awards, who will be honored at a recognition breakfast on June 1.

Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker

This year’s class of honorees is led by Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, who was named the 2022 recipient of the Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors a seasoned legal professional whose exemplary career has demonstrated excellence in community engagement, pro bono/volunteer service, mentorship and civility.

This is the second year of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The first recipients in 2021 were former Congresswoman Susan Brooks and Lacy Johnson of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Since 2006, Indiana Lawyer has recognized 15 Distinguished Barristers and 15 Up and Coming Lawyers each year. First prize winners have been in the legal profession for at least 20 years, while second prize winners have been in the profession for 10 years or less. Winners in both categories have demonstrated excellence inside and outside the courtroom, regardless of their seniority in the profession.

The 2022 class of Distinguished Barristers includes:

• Cynthia Adams of Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

• Tina M. Bell of Christie Farrell Lee & Bell.

• Dennis E. Bland of the Center for Leadership Development.

• Bernice Corley of the Indiana Council of Public Defenders.

• Justice Jennifer L. DeGroote of the Allen Superior Court.

• Thomas M. Frohman of Indiana Legal Services Inc.

• Philip C. Genetos of Ice Miller LLP

• John R. Hammond III of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

• John David Hoover of Hoover Hull Turner LLP.

• Sharon Jackson from the Office of the Governor of Indiana.

• J. Richard Kiefer of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum.

• Seth Lahn of Indiana University Maurer Law School.

• Bradley Skolnik of the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education.

• Marilee J. Springer of Ice Miller LLP.

• Alonzo Weems of Eli Lilly & Company.

The 2022 class of aspiring lawyers includes:

• Joel A. Benson of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum.

• Ted Cotterill of Indiana State’s Management Performance Hub.

• Kimberly S. DalSanto of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

• Kayla Ernst of Ice Miller LLP.

• Chisara Ezie-Boncoeur of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

• Adriana Figueroa from Indiana University Health.

• Matthew M. Gardlik of Woodard Emhardt Henry Reeves & Wagner.

• Brittany Kelly of Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

• Lauren Nottoli of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

• Barath S. Raman of Lewis Wagner LLP.

• Maurice Scott of Scott Legal & Consulting LLC.

• Joanne Sommers of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

• Joel Swider of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

• Andrew Tyler Thomas of Indiana Legal Services Inc.

• Brittney N. Yocum of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana Lawyer also introduced the Legal Support Stars category in 2021. This award recognizes paralegals, legal secretaries, and other legal support staff whose work keeps the practice of law running and the law functioning. justice.

The 2022 class of Legal Support Stars includes:

• Kathryn Bischof of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

• Vicky L. Bland of Katz Korin Cunningham PC

• Marianne Garrard of Church Church Hittle & Antrim.

• Michelle O’Brien Hubbard of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

• Sarah Quinn Kuhny of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Indiana Lawyer has received nearly 100 nominations in the four categories of the Leadership in Law Awards. A total of 36 winners were selected.

This year’s winners were reviewed and chosen by a team from Indiana Lawyer and its parent company, IBJ Media, along with three Hoosier attorneys: Lance Ladendorf of Pavlack Law LLC, representing the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association; Marianne Mitten Owen of Stuart & Branigin Lawyers, representing the Indiana State Bar Association; and Nissa Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC, representing the Indianapolis Bar Association. Indiana’s defense attorney was also invited to participate.

The 2022 winners will receive their awards at a recognition breakfast at 8 a.m. June 1 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, 46204. Past winners, companies/organizations from winners and other members of the Hoosier legal community are invited to attend and hear from this year’s winners, including a live address from Judge Barker.

Those interested in attending must confirm their presence before May 18. For ticket and registration information, visit, or email Olivia Covington, Indiana Lawyer’s editor at [email protected]•