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JHDJ Law Coordinates Legal Program for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

April 7, 2011

Members of JHDJ Law spearheaded a joint effort with the Indiana State Bar Association's Women in the Law Committee inaugural entitled "Lady Justice" on Saturday, March 26. The event was an educational program for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and took place at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis with the help of 15 volunteer attorneys and judges.

Seventy-five Girl Scouts in third, fourth, and fifth grades participated in the program, with 23 troop leaders and parents. The

Scouts completed projects, listened to a panel discussion, shared lunch and watched a mock trial. Their participation will culminate in the Scouts earning a "Lady Justice" badge.

One of the projects combined jewelry-making with a lesson in civil rights. Each bead used to make a bracelet represented a civil right, such as the right to counsel in criminal matters. The second activity focused on setting goals and making smart decisions, and involved the Scouts drawing pictures of themselves at age 15, 25, and 50. During this activity, the volunteer attorneys and judges explained to the girls how to prepare for college and a career in law.

The panel discussion offered an opportunity for the attorneys to share their perspectives on being a female in a male-dominated career field. Marion Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ayers shared her experience of becoming a judge and the Scouts were encouraged to ask questions about the challenges of a legal career.

After lunch with the volunteers, the Scouts witnessed a mock trial for the Big Bad Wolf. The script for the mock trial was written by Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson attorney/mediator, Holly Wanzer, who is also a Girl Scout troop leader. Another member of JHDJ Law, Clarissa Finnell also volunteered. Organizers of the event noted that the firm's founding partner, attorney/mediator Stephenie Jocham, originally suggested the idea of creating the event.

Volunteers pointed out that while the event focused on fun activities, the subject matter was taken seriously and respectfully.

"We didn't want to dumb this down for the girls," said Marion Superior Magistrate Vickie Ransberger, one of the organizers of the event. "They're a lot more knowledgeable than some people might give them credit for. They care. They think about things that are important to them."

Organizers suggested that the event could be replicated for Girl Scouts troops throughout Indiana and the country. Organizers worked closely with Girl Scouts administration to make sure qualifications merited a badge.

While the Lady Justice program is not the only law-related badge for Girl Scouts, it is the only one geared toward female-centric issues in the law and designed to encourage careers in the legal field.

Spotlighting Women's Legal and Health Issues with Senator Tim Lanane

October 6, 2010

On October 12, 2010 from 5-7 pm, Adoption & Reproductive Law Attorney Michele Jackson is hosting a Fundraising Event to support the reelection campaign of Indiana State Senator Tim Lanane of District 25. The event is also designed to focus attention on legal and health issues affecting Hoosier women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, adoption, surrogacy and family law matters.  Senator Lanane has worked to support bills that have positively affected women and families in Indiana.  Last year, he received the "Patient Advocate of the Year" award from the Indiana State Medical Association for his work on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.  In 2005, Senator Lanane was also recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence  ("ICADV").  At JHDJ Law, our family law practice fully understands the impact domestic violence has on Indiana families and we support education and awareness initiatives.  Senator Lanane will talk with guests at the fundraiser about his campaign and the key issues he believes affect all Hoosiers including jobs, education, and public safety.

In addition to his work on domestic violence issues, Senator Lanane is the Assistant Minority Leader of the Indiana State Senate and serves on the following legislative committees:

Judiciary (Ranking Minority Member)

Courts & Juvenile Justice Subcommittee


Corrections, Criminal & Civil Matters

Corrections & Criminal Subcommittee

Local Government

Rules & Legislative Procedure

Joint Rules

Other Indiana General Assembly Affiliations: Indiana Rural Caucus

National Committee Appointments: National Conference of State Legislatures Redistricting and Elections Committee

At the event, you will also be able to meet members of Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson and learn about reproductive law and how changes could enable more families to build their families through adoption and surrogacy.  Others attending include members of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and area fertility clinics.

Join us for beverages and light hors d'ouevres at our law firm:

CARMEL, IN 46032


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Miracle Ride Golf Outing with Greg Ballard

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Women Lawyers Rock

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Zoobilation 2008

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