STEPHENIE S. JOCHAM, INNOVATIVE CARMEL ATTORNEY, DIES AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER

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Amber Burton Small
JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC
11450 N. Meridian, Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317.569.0770
Email: asmall@jhdj-law.com
Web site: www.jhdj-law.com

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CARMEL, IN – June 2, 2011 – On the third anniversary of the founding of her firm, JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, attorney/mediator, Stephenie S. Jocham, died following a battle with a rare form of cancer.

JOCHAM, age 43, was an innovative attorney who championed the development of litigation alternatives for family law cases. A 2001 graduate of Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis, Jocham had received numerous awards and recognition for her professional achievements as well as her commitment to community causes and volunteerism.

Jocham was working as a paralegal when she was motivated to return to law school after her own divorce experience with a young child. She felt compelled to pursue a more compassionate process for divorce and family law, with a focus on meeting the emotional needs of clients and providing alternatives to traditional litigation. Soon after law school, she set up her own practice and immediately became a registered mediator. She spent the next several years building a successful practice in family law and mediation.

Subsequently, on June 2, 2008, she opened the doors of JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON (JHDJ Law), a firm she developed to further her vision to change the way divorce is practiced in Indiana. She saw the achievement of many goals, including the establishment of the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals (CIACP), a non-profit organization to promote the practice of collaborative law in Indiana. Several years ago, Jocham realized that collaborative divorce was an essential key to minimizing divorce conflict and encouraging cooperation and co-parenting. Through her leadership, the CIACP sponsored the first interdisciplinary training at the Indianapolis Bar Association on April 28-29, 2011, where 36 attorneys, mediators, therapists and financial advisors where trained in the collaborative process, tripling the number of collaborative professionals in Central Indiana.

Jocham was named a Fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation (ISBA) in 2008, and a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBA) in 2010. She has served on IBA’s Board of Directors since 2009. Ms. Jocham was also the Hamilton County Bar Association delegate to the ISBA Board of Governors. She was a member of the Sagamore American Inn of Court, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Women in Law Division of the IBA, the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis Alumni Association. She previously served as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the IBA and on the ISBA’s Pro Se Mediation Task Force. In 2011 she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and also received the Distinguished Barrister award presented by Indiana Lawyer for its Leadership in Law series. Both awards were especially significant for her because they resulted from peer nominations and recommendations. Jocham was humbled by the respect and support she received from her colleagues.

Jocham was often in demand for speaking engagements and presented at numerous continuing education seminars over her 10 year career. She regularly served as a mediation training coach at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis since 2005. She was also a frequent guest to discuss divorce and family law issues on local television programs as well as local and nationally syndicated radio programs.

Just before her cancer diagnosis, Jocham traveled with fellow members of JHDJ Law to volunteer at orphanages in Nicaragua over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009. Her experiences in Nicaragua were life-changing, and despite her subsequent cancer diagnosis, she dedicated time to developing education initiatives to assist orphaned and at-risk children.

Jocham was renowned for her skills as an effective negotiator and respected for her professionalism as an attorney, but it was her sharp wit, comedic timing, and genuine warmth and compassion which endeared her to colleagues and clients. Despite the challenges she faced during grueling cancer treatment, her humor, grace, faith and courage did not waiver and continued to inspire members of the Indianapolis legal community.

Jocham’s professional commitment to compassionate client services continues at JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC as the members of her hand-selected team strive to fulfill her mission and philosophy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the non-profit foundation Jocham established as part of her legacy. The charity works with area churches to provide a number of services to assist cancer patients and their families in managing their treatment and the demands of living with cancer:

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12489 North Meridian Street
Carmel, Indiana 46032
Memorial arrangements are pending and will be announced on the firm’s website: www.jhdj-law.com.

For further information, please contact JHDJ Law, Amber Burton Small, 317-569-0770 or asmall@jhdj-law.com.