Legal Professionals Celebrate Musical Talent at IndyBar Foundation’s First Talent Show

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Hoosiers will have no trouble finding quality talent among the Indianapolis legal community. And not just talent in the courtroom.

More than a dozen Indiana lawyers, judges and law professors performed on stage at the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s first “IndyBar’s Got Talent” event Saturday night.

Hosted at The Vogue in Broad Ripple, the event featured a variety of talent ranging from energetic rap and revengeful country love songs to piano and saxophone solos.

Performers who took the stage included:

  • “The Joven Brothers”, featuring Marion, Superior Court Judge Jim Joven
  • Bob Jalaie, Senior Patent Advisor at Cook Medical Technologies LLC
  • Solo Practitioner Stasia Demos Mills
  • “Guilty as Defendant,” featuring Southern Indiana District Court Judge Tim Baker and Attorney Ashley Hart
  • Marion Superior Court Justice Mark Stoner
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath lawyers Julian Harrell, Abe Jentry Shanehsaz and Pablo Svirsky
  • “An Innocent Duo”, with attorney Travis Jensen and Gregg Jones
  • “D&D Music Factory”, with attorney Erin Durnell and Jason Davidson
  • “The Keith Hancock Trio”, with lawyers Keith Hancock, Elliot Burch and Jimmy Pike
  • “Floozie and the Tramps”, with lawyers Elizabeth Millikan, Jeff McClarnon and Kevin Minnick
  • Phil Zimmerly, attorney for Bose McKinney & Evans
  • John Hill and Jeffrey Cooper, professors at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Kicking off the evening, with acoustic guitar in hand, was Zimmerly, who sang his own rendition of the globally popular hit “Old Town Road” as an anthem for commercial litigants. He then sang a more evocative version of Peter, Paul and Mary’s “If I Had a Hammer” in honor of the late Bose McKinney attorney Ronald Elberger.

Hill then played the piano and sang two Elton John songs, drawing laughter from the audience as he compared the lyrics “What should I do to make you worry?” as a plea to his civil procedure class.

Bringing a lively comedic musical number, Joven and his brother performed a traditional Filipino song with exchanges between the brothers about the song they were supposed to sing.

Demos Mills, accordion in hand, joined on stage by bassists and guitarists, sang “Will Your Lawyer Talk to God?” by Kitty Well. which drew praise from the crowd.

Stasia Demos Mills, center, plays the accordion and sings during her performance during ‘IndyBar’s Got Talent’ at The Vogue in Broad Ripple on Saturday. Photo submitted.

Next up was Harrell as BeSpoke317, who took to the stage with a microphone in hand after an instrumental introduction from Jentry Schanehsaz on drums and Svirsky on bass. He got the crowd going for his energizing rap performance.

Cooper brought more laughs with his rendition of King George III’s “I Know Him” ​​from the hit musical “Hamilton.” Other performances included Baker playing guitar and harmonic simultaneously while Hart sang; a concert piano number by Stoner; and a rendition of “Mercy Mercy Me” by Marvin Gaye with a saxophone solo from the Keith Hancock Trio.

At the end of the performances, all the musicians gathered on stage to release colorful balloons on the jubilant audience.

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