IPDC Staff

For the Research Hotline, please call 317.232.5505 or use this form to submit a request.

Bernice Corley
Assistant Executive Director

bcorley@pdc.in.gov
317.233.6149
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Diane Black
Training Director

dblack@pdc.in.gov
317.232.3344
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Don Murphy
Director of Performance Improvement

dsmurphy@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5515
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Jack Kenney
Director of Research & Publications

jkenney@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5534
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Kent Zepick
Staff Attorney/Research Assistance

kzepick@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5516
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Kristin Casper
Legislative Liaison/Public Info. Officer

kcasper@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5517
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Kyal Bippen
Administrative Support

kbippen@pdc.in.gov
317.234.5265
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Larry Landis
Executive Director

llandis@pdc.in.gov
317.232.2321
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Liz Houdek
Research Assistance

ehoudek@pdc.in.gov
317.232.3459
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Suzan Ristich
Financial Manager

sristich1@pdc.in.gov
317.233.1201
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Toni Schaney
Office Operations Manager

tschaney@pdc.in.gov
317.233.4501
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Juvenile Defense Project Staff

Amy Karozos
Juvenile Defense Project Director

akarozos@pdc.in.gov
317.232.0106
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Kim Tandy
Project Consultant

ktandy1@pdc.in.gov
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Joel Wieneke
Post-Disposition Unit Coordinator

jwieneke@pdc.in.gov
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Jill Johnson
Trial Unit Coordinator

jijohnson1@pdc.in.gov
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Rachel Roman-Lagunas
Trial Unit Coordinator

rromanlagunas@pdc.in.gov
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Bernice Corley

Assistant Executive Director
bcorley@pdc.in.gov
317.233.6149

Bernice A. N. Corley is the Assistant Executive Director. As Assistant Executive director she assist in the managing of the agency and carrying out the policies established by the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Public Defender Council, Ms. Corley served four years as General Counsel at the Department of Education and also served as legal counsel for both the Indiana Senate and Indiana House of Representatives. Her career includes clerking for Hon. Carr Darden. Ms. Corley served as a Marion County Public Defender Agency as trial counsel as well as appellate counsel.

Diane Black

Training Director
dblack@pdc.in.gov
317.232.3344

Diane Black is the Training Director. She is responsible for designing state-wide training programs for defenders in Indiana. Additionally, she trains attorneys in all regions of the state. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Black was a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency for 20 years. For the last 6 of those years she developed training programs as well as trained 175 plus attorneys and staff. She is a member of NLADA, NAIDE, NAPD, NACDL and the Indiana State Bar Association, sitting as a member on the Criminal Justice section.

Don Murphy

Director of Performance Improvement
dsmurphy@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5515

Don Murphy is an attorney with the Indiana Public Defender Council. As the Director of Performance Improvement, he consults with public defender offices on organizational effectiveness issues. Mr. Murphy has created several novel initiatives to improve the quality of legal representation provided to poor people, including a "Personal Coaching" program for criminal defense lawyers, and a Mental Strength Training and Trial Skills enhancement program. Don has also authored manuals and spearheaded the formation of criminal defense bars in various Indiana counties.

Jack Kenney

Director of Research & Publications
jkenney@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5534

Jack Kenney is the Research and Publications Director. Since 1994, he has enjoyed meeting IPDC members and providing assistance in all types of indigent cases and phases of litigation. Jack co-authored the 1995 edition of the Pretrial Manual as well as the Search and Seizure, Confessions and Representing Clients with Mental Illness Handbooks. He also regularly updates IPDC's Casebank, Motions/Jury Instructions, as well as the Sentencing, Criminal Trial, and Evidence manuals. In addition to giving caselaw update presentations throughout Indiana, Jack writes a bi-monthly column for the state bar journal, Res Gestae. Before joining the Council, Jack worked in private practice in Elkhart and Indianapolis, and worked for the Monroe County PD office while in law school. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated from Indiana University in 1989 and received his J.D. from I.U. School of Law, Bloomington, IN 1991.

Kent Zepick

Staff Attorney/Research Assistance
kzepick@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5516

Kent Zepick is an attorney with the Indiana Public Defender's Council. He fields research questions from public defenders, helps draft and coordinate the Council's monthly newsletter, The Defender, and writes and edits manuals on criminal law. He also helps public defenders prepare for oral arguments.

Much of his career has focused on appellate practice. From 1994-95, he served as a clerk for James Kirsch, former Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals. He later worked in the appellate division of the Attorney General's office, but soon returned to the Court to fill the newly created staff attorney's position. In that role, he managed the Court's motions practice, drafted articles on appellate issues, spoke at CLE programs, and answered attorneys' questions regarding appellate procedure. Before joining the Council's staff, Mr. Zepick filed briefs in Indiana's appellate courts for both the Indiana and Marion County Public Defenders. His appellate experience also includes civil work for Bingham McHale LLP, where he filed briefs in the Seventh Circuit and Indiana's appellate courts. He is an adjunct professor of criminal justice, business law, and business ethics at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Kristin Casper

Legislative Liason/Public Information Officer
kcasper@pdc.in.gov
317.232.5517

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Kyal Bippen

Administrative Support
kbippen@pdc.in.gov
317.234.5265

Kyal Bippen has a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Indianapolis and has a history of working with juveniles as a Behavioral Clinician. She currently is the Administrative Support person for IPDC as well as helps interview detained youth for the Juvenile Defense Project.

Larry Landis

Executive Director
317.232.2321
llandis@pdc.in.gov

Larry is from Highland, IN. He graduated from IU, Bloomington in 1969, and I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1973. Larry drafted the legislation that created the Council in 1977 and was the first and employee. He has conducted over 350 seminars and workshops, published six manuals and numerous articles on criminal defense and has lectured extensively on a variety of criminal justice topics. Larry drafted the legislation that created the Indiana Public Defender Commission in 1989 and successfully lobbied for its passage. He works with the Indiana General Assembly on all criminal and juvenile justice bills. He is currently a member of the Public Defender Commission, Board of Trustees of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Commission on Children, Commission on the Interstate Compact on Probation and Parole, and the Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. He was a member of the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission and the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee that revised the Indiana Criminal Code in 2014.

Larry has been an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law since 1981. His awards and honors include: Hoosier Freedom Award in 2012 from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from IUPUI in 2010; Part-Time Teaching Award from I.U. President Michael McRobbie in 2010; Marc Emery Award from the Marion County Public Defender Agency Board of Directors in 2007; Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998 and 1999 from I.U. School of Law - Indianapolis; Reginald Heber Smith Award in 1996 from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association; and the Criminal Justice Service Award in 1996 from the ISBA Criminal Justice Section. Larry is a member of the ABA, NLADA, NAPD, NACDL, ISBA, and the IBA.

Liz Houdek

Research Assistance
ehoudek@pdc.in.gov
317.232.3459

Liz Houdek is a contract research attorney for the Indiana Public Defender Council and a contract appellate attorney for the Marion County Public Defender Agency. She started her career as a public defender representing trial clients at the Marion County Public Defender Agency in 2002. In 2005, she moved to the agency's Appellate Division and represented clients on appeal full-time until 2010 and then on a contract basis. Liz graduated from Indiana University's Maurer School of Law in 2002.

Suzan Ristich

Financial Manager
sristich1@pdc.in.gov
317.233.1201

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Toni Schaney

Office Operations Manager
tschaney@pdc.in.gov
317.233.4501

Toni Schaney serves as the Operations Manager for the Public Defender Council, coming on board full time in 2014 after working for the Council part time beginning in 2010. Her duties include managing all things not related to the interpretation of the law and doing a little bit of everything, building on her extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. She formerly served as an assistant director for the IN Child Support Division, moving on to program consulting and systems development project management as a member of computer system implementation teams in multiple states. While with the State she developed standardized templates for Advance Planning Documents and Feasibility Studies which were adopted by the Federal office as the standard for all states' requests for funding. As a private sector consultant, she served as the national Child Support Practice Manager and developed and implemented the Quality Assurance Guidelines and Project Management Manual required for use by company project managers.

Ms. Schaney holds a Masters of Public Administration certificate from Indiana University and a BS in Social Work from Edgecliff College. Her down-time revolves around her grandchildren, her large family and gardening.

Amy Karozos

Juvenile Defense Project Director
akarozos@pdc.in.gov
317.232.0106

Amy Karozos is a contract attorney with Indiana Public Defender Council, serving as project director for OJJDP grant to improve juvenile indigent defense services. Before coming to work with IPDC, Amy was a staff attorney with Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana, a not-for-profit agency, working on statewide programs dealing with a variety of juvenile law related issues. She started her career as a deputy public defender at the State Public Defender's Office. Amy has been a contract attorney for the Marion County Public Defender, Appellate Division, for the past several years. She is an adjunct professor at UIndy. In 2014, she became a certified JTIP (Juvenile Training Immersion Program) trainer.

Kim Tandy

Project Consultant
ktandy1@pdc.in.gov

Kim Tandy has nearly 3 decades as a lawyer defending the civil rights of children, youth, and adults in the justice system. She was the founder and Executive Director of the Children's Law Center, Inc. in Covington, Kentucky. As the coordinator for the Central Juvenile Defender Center for nearly twenty years, she served as primary investigator and author of state juvenile defense assessments and has participated in fifteen state assessments for the National Juvenile Defender Center. Kim also spent nearly 15 years as an appellate contract lawyer for the Department of Public Advocacy in Kentucky, and for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kim has lectured across the country on numerous issues including conditions of confinement, improving juvenile defense, ethical considerations in representing child clients, ending the school to prison pipeline, access to the court, and other civil rights issues. She has received awards from the National Juvenile Defender Center, the American Bar Association, the IMPACT fund, and various state and local honors. Currently, she serves as a consultant for the Indiana Public Defender Council on a federal OJJDP project to improve juvenile defense, and is the Technical Advisor.

Joel Wieneke

Post-Disposition Unit Coordinator
jwieneke@pdc.in.gov

Joel C. Wieneke lives in Morgan County with his wife Cara, and two children. He is a former law clerk for the Honorable Judge Patricia A. Riley, and also had the pleasure of clerking one summer during law school for the Honorable Judge John G. Baker. He has served as a contract public defender with the Putnam Circuit Court, and used to accept appointments through the State Public Defender's Office for trial, direct appeal, and post-conviction cases. He served two terms as a Board Member of the Indiana Public Defender Council. Currently, he is serving as the Post-Disposition Unit Coordinator for the Indiana Public Defender Council's, Juvenile Defense Project. When he is not practicing law, you can usually find him hanging with his boys, or wandering a forest.

Jill Johnson

Trial Unit Coordinator
jijohnson1@pdc.in.gov

Jill Johnson is the Juvenile Division Chief at the Marion County Public Defender Agency. She has been an attorney with the Agency since 2006. In this capacity she represents children in Juvenile Court and serves on a several committees focused on improving system wide outcomes for youth including Marion County's Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, the Annie E. Casey Deep End Reform Initiative and the Dual Status Youth Initiative. She is a certified trainer with the National Juvenile Defender Center's Juvenile Training Immersion Program. Prior to joining Agency she practiced law in Chicago at Lehrer & Redleaf representing parents, relative care givers and foster parents in civil and class action litigation involving the Department of Child and Family Services and served as a Salisbury Clinical Teaching Fellow at Loyola University ChildLaw Clinic teaching and supervising law students and representing children in delinquency, child protection and domestic relations matters.

Rachel Roman-Lagunas

Trial Unit Coordinator
rromanlagunas@pdc.in.gov

Rachel Roman-Lagunas is a lawyer at the Marion County Public Defender Agency in the juvenile division. She has been employed there since graduating from the Maurer School of Law: Indiana University in 2009. Rachel became a certified trainer for the Juvenile Training Immersion Program in 2015. In the past three years Rachel has worked with different organizations to pass legislation that positively effects juveniles in our community. She has attended multiple conferences on juvenile defense and juvenile brain development. She has previous experience working as a registered domestic relations mediator, as an intern at the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, and as an intern at the Children's Law Center in Washington, DC.