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Look Back: First Quarter 2017

Published on 5 April 2017 under Featured
Look Back: First Quarter 2017

As we enter the second quarter of 2017, it seems worthwhile to summarize here some of my academic and popular press pursuits during the first quarter, some of which I have not yet highlighted here. In the month of February I published five popular press pieces:

In January I presented to the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable on the topic of “Little Egypt Goes to War,” the roots and beginnings of the 80th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Later in March I presented to the Indiana Political Science Association, first in a roundtable on the American Presidency and then with a paper titled “The Arc of Our New History.”

Donald Trump and the Presidency

Published on 11 May 2016 under Personal
Donald Trump and the Presidency

Earlier this year I was excited and honored to be selected as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. However, due to political developments since that time, and after considerable thought, I decided not to attend. I could not in good conscience attend a coronation and celebration of Donald Trump. My statement on the subject is below along with a summary of some of the firestorm that followed.

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Jackson Kelly PLLC

Published on 14 October 2015 under Featured
Jackson Kelly PLLC

Beginning October 13th, I have joined the Jackson Kelly law firm. I was drawn to Jackson Kelly in particular because it has a skilled group of attorneys locally along with the backing and support of a dynamic, national network of more than 200 attorneys. I have full faith and confidence that no matter what legal issue may arise with clients, our firm can address it with superior service and expertise.

I spent the last six years in-house with Vectren and leaving is certainly bittersweet. I am very appreciative of my experiences with the company and it is an honor and privilege to have worked alongside the Vectren team. However, I am excited about once again working with a diverse set of clients and my colleagues at Jackson Kelly representing businesses, physicians, and municipalities on a wide range of legal issues.

When a Tree Goes Too Deep

Published on 6 June 2014 under Personal
When a Tree Goes Too Deep

Trees can be planted too deep and the culprit is typically our over-caring urges to protect them. We want to ensure the tree is anchored solidly and is well braced so we think that planting it deeply accomplishes this. But more often than not you’d be wrong. Even professionals can make the mistake; one recent study suggests that 93% of professionally planted trees are planted too deep.

When tree roots are planted too far underground, secondary roots grow toward the surface to compensate. Rather than growing up and then out from the tree, they often encircle the trunk (called “girdling roots”) and ultimately choke it out. It can also cause bark on the trunk to start falling off and make the tree more susceptible to disease and pests.
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Appalachian Adventure

Published on 17 June 2011 under Personal
Appalachian Adventure

I have completed a website titled “Appalachian Adventure” which documents a recent trip to the Appalachian Mountains involving hiking and camping, whitewater rafting, and visits to watering holes.

EBJ’s 20 Under 40

Published on 14 September 2010 under Personal
EBJ’s 20 Under 40

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The Evansville Business Journal compiled a list of 20 “emerging leaders” under 40 and was kind enough to include me. Click here for a pdf version of the article.

Experiencing the BWCA

Published on 24 November 2009 under Personal
Experiencing the BWCA

I have completed a website titled “Experiencing the BWCA Wilderness” which documents my journey in August of 2009 into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with Carson Stewart and Cameron Finnis. Over the course of six days we traveled over an expansive series of lakes, forests, streams and rivers.

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