Amy Noe Dudas

Amy Noe Dudas

Amy graduated from Earlham College in 1990 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and French literature and from IU McKinney School of Law in 2000 with a doctor of jurisprudence degree. She has been practicing law in Richmond ever since.

Thanks to a culture of servant leadership built into Earlham’s curriculum, Amy has been active in the Richmond area community from the beginning of her professional career. Currently, she is Vice Chair of the Wayne County Foundation, having served on that board since 2013 (and has been Secretary). She has served on the board of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra since 2004, having been Secretary, President, and is the current Chair of the Artistic Advisory Committee. She was part of the group that founded the Richmond Community Orchestra in 2008, having served as President for six years and currently acts again as President. (She also plays in the flute section.) She has been a member of the Earlham College Community Partnership Council since 2005.

Amy has served on many boards over the years; as President of the Richmond Gymnastics Training Center, as Secretary and Vice Chair of the Earlham College Alumni Council, as Vice President for Birth-to-Five, and as a board member to Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and the Whitewater Valley United Way.  She has served as a study buddy, and on Election day she has volunteered her time to assist in voter protection when prospective voters face being turned away at the ballot box.

She started early serving the legal profession as a whole, as well. She has been a member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness since 2003. In 2005, she began a long tenure in leadership at the Indiana State Bar Association, as follows: Board of Governors district representative; Counsel to the president; Treasurer; Annual Meeting Chair; Chair of the Legal Ethics Committee; Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee; Chair of the Leadership Development Academy; and Chair of the House of Delegates. She has also served on the Member and Member Benefits Committee and the Women in the Law Committee. She has volunteered with the ISBA’s Mentor Match program, which provides curriculum-based mentoring to young attorneys.

In addition, Amy has been on the board of the Indiana Bar Foundation since 2012, having served as Secretary and is currently its President. She also served on the Indiana Pro Bono Commission and the District 9 Pro Bono Commission, having served as President.

In 2018, Amy was appointed by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Rush to serve on the 10-member Board of Law Examiners, which is responsible for the admission of attorneys to practice law in Indiana, reviewing applications and writing and grading portions of the Indiana Bar Exam.

And on top of all that, Amy runs a successful law firm which currently employs four people, having hung out her own shingle in 2010 after ten years of much appreciated mentoring and guidance working for Jeffrey T. Arnold and then Allen Wellman McNew. She was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2012 and has been renamed for that designation every year since.

Amy puts her money where her mouth is, too. Over the years, she has sponsored local nonprofits to the tune of nearly $100,000 to date. Beneficiaries include: Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Civic Theatre, Wayne County Foundation’s Women’s Fund, Cope Environmental Center, Girls, Inc., Whitewater Valley Pro Bono, Richmond Evening Optimists, Help the Animals, and the Richmond Art Museum. In fact, when Amy married her husband Andy in 2015, they created a donor-advised arts fund at the Wayne County Foundation for friends and family to donate funds that would otherwise have been spent on wedding gifts. Amy and Andy continue to contribute regularly to that fund and celebrate their anniversary by giving a gift to a local arts organization with an eye towards supporting the production of contemporary works as well as old favorites produced in new and progressive ways.

In 2017, Amy moved her law firm Amy Noe Law, now known as Dudas Law, downtown where she purchased a building with plans to play an active role in Richmond’s downtown revitalization. She and husband Andy have recently formed the Dudas Inspiration Venue for the Arts, or DIVA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a flexible open venue for the exhibition and performance of any art form and fostering an inclusive collaborative environment of inspiration and creation. DIVA began the wildly successful Department of Improv, an improvisational troupe that performs regularly to sold out crowds, and building renovations are planned to transform the space into a venue that aims to make the arts accessible to everyone.

Awards and honors include: 2017 Girls, Inc., Bold Award; 2016 Richmond Civic Theatre Best Production (Over the River and through the Woods, co-directed with husband Andy); 2007 and 2013 Indiana State Bar Association Presidential Citation; 2008, 2010, and 2018 Indiana State Bar Association Cinch Strap Award; 2005 and 2015 Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission Service Award.

Amy’s hobbies include reading, knitting, playing flute in the Richmond Community Orchestra, playing flute/piccolo/saxophone in the Richmond Civic Theatre’s pit orchestra, and directing/music directing/stage managing/lighting design at Richmond Civic Theatre and DIVA. She and husband Andy enjoy road trips, movies, and collaborating on projects.