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, with an intense commitment to community advocacy.

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. She has served on the board of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra since 2004, having been Secretary and President. She is currently the Chair of the Artistic Advisory Committee. She was part of the group that founded the Richmond Community Orchestra in 2008 and served as President for eight years. (She also plays in the flute section.)

Amy has served on many other boards over the years: President of the Wayne County Foundation; Secretary and Vice Chair of the Earlham College Alumni Council; Vice President for Birth-to-Five; and board member of the Wayne County Area 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 serves 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: Board of Governors district representative (2005-07); Counsel to the President (2007-08); Treasurer (2009-10); Annual Meeting Chair (2010); Chair of the Legal Ethics Committee (2006-07); Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee (2011-13); Chair of the Leadership Development Academy (2016-18); and Chair of the House of Delegates (2017-18). She has also served on the Member and Member Benefits Committee (2009-2021) and the Women in the Law Committee (since 2001). She has volunteered with the ISBA’s Mentor Match program, which provides curriculum-based mentoring to young attorneys.

Amy has been proud to serve as President of the Indiana State Bar Association in 2022-23.

In addition, Amy was a member of the Indiana Bar Foundation‘s Board from 2012-20, having served as Secretary (2014-15) and its President (2018-20). She also served on the Indiana Pro Bono Commission and the District 9 Pro Bono Commission, having served as President (2006-08).

In 2020, Amy served on the Civic Education Task Force, chaired by then Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, which successfully recommended the passage of HB 1384, which established a state civics education commission (on which she serves) and requires one semester of civics education for all Indiana middle schoolers.

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. She has served as its Secretary since 2022.

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.

In addition, Amy is honored to have been named to the 2023 IBJ Media’s Indiana 250, a list of the most influential business leaders in Indiana.

Amy puts her money where her mouth is, too. Over the years, she has sponsored local nonprofits to the tune of over $100,000 to date. Beneficiaries include: Richmond Symphony OrchestraRichmond Civic TheatreWayne County Foundation’s Women’s FundCope Environmental CenterGirls, Inc.Whitewater Valley Pro Bono, Richmond Evening Optimists, Help the Animals, and the Richmond Art Museum. In fact, when Amy and Andy celebrated their marriage, 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 regularly celebrate their partnership 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 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, now in hiatus (COVID wasn’t kind to us), an improvisational troupe that performs regularly to sold out crowds of dozens.

Amy and Andy have created and led improv workshops as A.D.Lib for leadership, team-building, friends’ nights out, and professional development. Most recently they were asked to reprise “HearSay Yes: Improv for Lawyers” at the ISBA’s Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Additional 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, playing flute, meditating, yoga, and exploring the world with Andy. Together with Yankee (weiner dog extraordinaire), they enjoy road trips, playing Zelda, movies, and collaborating on projects.