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State bar honors 2 judges at annual meeting

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The Indiana State Bar Association honored two Court of Appeals judges at its annual meeting Oct. 20 in French Lick.

The bar presented the David Hamacher Public Service Award to Chief Judge Margret G. Robb and the Women in the Law Recognition Award to Judge Melissa S. May.

The Hamacher award, sponsored by the state bar’s Appellate Practice Section, honors high moral character and ethical standards, service to the community and peacemaking qualities. The Appellate Practice Section recognized Robb’s dedication to the practice of law, her commitment to and participation in continuing legal education programs at the state and national level and her many contributions to community service.

May’s award honored her dedication to helping women advance in the legal profession.

May is an Elkhart native who earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1984. She practiced law in Evansville for 14 years before her appointment to the appeals court in 1998. She is currently the Presiding Judge of the Fourth District.

Robb was appointed to the appeals court in July 1998.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Business Economics from Purdue University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from IU School of Law-Indianapolis. She is a graduate of the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges. In 2011, her court colleagues elected her as the first woman chief judge in the court’s 110-year history.

The state bar’s annual meeting concludes Oct. 21 with the Randall T. Shepard Award Celebration.

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