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Marion judges choose court administrator

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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An Indianapolis law firm partner who has led three state agencies is the new administrator for Marion County courts.

On Monday, the four-judge executive committee chose Glenn R. Lawrence to fill the position, which has been vacant since the former administrator Ron Miller resigned in late March. Since then, Senior Judge Richard Good has been filling in as interim administrator.

The committee offered Lawrence the $93,500-salary job Monday afternoon, according to presiding Superior Judge Gerald Zore. Judges had received about 20 applications and interviewed five of those, he said.

Lawrence starts June 25 and will oversee a $55 million budget and 21-person office staff.

Currently a partner with Coleman Graham & Stevenson, Lawrence has previously served in state government positions that include executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration, and chair of the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission, among other state positions. He has also served in the commerce and correction departments and as general counsel for various agencies, as well as working as the director of public works for Lawrence.

"Glenn knows how to manage people and has vast experience as a practicing attorney and government administrator," Judge Zore said in a news release. "His administrative experience in both state and local government will be a great asset for the Court."
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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