Monday, November 9, 2009
From the web page of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission:
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission Executive Secretary Donald R. Lundberg will resign as head of the agency that investigates and prosecutes alleged attorney misconduct effective January 1, 2010. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard announced Lundberg’s departure and congratulated him on his new position with an Indianapolis law firm, "Don Lundberg's service over these last two decades as Indiana's chief of lawyer ethics has exemplified the very best in splendid leadership and committed public service. All of us have learned a great deal from his thoughtful stewardship of the profession's values. He's done much to help Indiana lawyers and judges do our best for the clients and citizens who rely on us for navigating the legal system."
Mr. Lundberg has been the Executive Secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission since December of 1991. He is leaving the position to join Barnes and Thornburg LLP as a partner and deputy general counsel to the firm. Lundberg explained, “Being a part of this extraordinary Court's lawyer regulation enterprise has been a singular honor. It has also been a privilege to work over a period of eighteen years with a succession of thoughtful, bright and decent Commissioners and a truly wonderful staff. I look forward to the exciting new opportunities presented by my upcoming association with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, but I shall deeply miss my connection to the Court, its justices and my many colleagues who do such great work on the Court's behalf."
As Disciplinary Commission Executive Secretary Mr. Lundberg worked to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged attorney misconduct. He worked with the nine-member Commission and agency staff to ensure members of the Indiana bar upheld the Rules of Professional Conduct. While serving the Court, he also taught legal ethics at The Maurer School of Law at Indiana University—Bloomington and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis as an adjunct professor and is a frequent continuing legal education presenter on professional responsibility and legal ethics topics. In February of 1994, he was Practitioner-in-Residence at Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, and in 2006, he was selected as one of twenty-five Inaugural Fellows of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism.
Among other publications, Mr. Lundberg is the author of Documenting Client Decisions: A Critique of the Model Rules Post-Ethics 2000, 14 The Professional Lawyer No. 4 at 2 (American Bar Association 2004); a four-part series of articles in Res Gestae, the monthly journal of the Indiana State Bar Association, discussing amendments to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct (November and December 2004 and January/February and March 2005); and is co-author with Charles M. Kidd of You Say You Want an Evolution? An Overview of the Ethics 2000 Amendments to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, 39 Ind. L. Rev. 1255 (2005). He writes a regular legal ethics column, Ethics Curbstone, for Res Gestae.
He is a member of the American (Governing Council, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, 2003-2006), Indiana State (Board of Governors, 2005-07; General Chair, 2008 Annual Meeting); and Indianapolis (Board of Managers, 2005-06) Bar Associations, a Master of the Indianapolis American Inn of Court (President, 2008-10), a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a member and past-president (2007-08) of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, a member of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct, a Founder's Circle member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and an Honorary Member of the Wilkie Inn of Phi Delta Phi.
A summa cum laude graduate of The Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Mr. Lundberg is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana and is a member of the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He previously worked as the Director of Litigation for Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Inc. (now Indiana Legal Services, Inc.), a public interest law firm providing legal representation in civil matters to low income clients in Indiana.
The Disciplinary Commission will launch a search for a successor and will eventually submit a proposed new Executive Secretary for consideration and approval by the Indiana Supreme Court.
Having worked with Don in the National Organization of Bar Counsel, I echo the laudatory comments from the post. Best of luck to Don in his new endeavors. (Mike Frisch)