June 06, 2013

Libby Cierzniak Connects Past with Present in Indiana Lawyer Interview

Libby Cierzniak of Faegre Baker Daniels has been collecting objects since she was a little girl spending afternoons in her grandmother's antique shop. Years of antique hunting have filled the shelves of her home and office, and now she has turned to writing about the historical puzzle pieces she finds through her research.

In Indiana Lawyer, Cierzniak explained that she is most interested in "trying to find ways to make old objects and history relevant to people so they will care about it. The items become relevant when people understand how they connect the past to the present," she said. Her research led her to an interesting piece of Indianapolis legal history when she learned that her neighbor's home was purchased in 1877 by Calvin Fletcher Jr., son of Calvin Fletcher, the first lawyer to practice law in Indianapolis.

A frequent contributor to the website Historic Indianapolis, Cierzniak is modest about her influence on preserving Indianapolis history. "I would not equate me with a true historian," Cierzniak said. "I am trying to make this fun and relevant for people while being factual and accurate."

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