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Plaintiff attorney chosen to serve on judicial commissions

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An Indianapolis plaintiff attorney has received the most votes from colleagues to join the Indiana Judicial Nominating and Judicial Qualifications commissions, and he’ll take a spot on a seven-person panel in January.

William E. Winingham Jr., a name partner at Wilson Kehoe & Winingham who’s been practicing since 1979 with a focus on plaintiffs’ civil litigation work, was chosen by other attorneys in the 19-county 2nd judicial district. He replaces Indianapolis defense attorney John Trimble, who finishes his three-year term at the end of this year.

The clerk’s office took more than two hours Wednesday after the ballot submission deadline to count the votes, according to Appellate Clerk Kevin Smith. Ballots were mailed out Oct. 12, and the deadline for submission of votes was 4 p.m. Wednesday. Approximately 2,196 ballots of the 7,092 sent out were returned. The 31 percent return rate topped the 25.4 percent response in 2007.

Winingham received 672 votes, while attorney Jan M. Carroll received 543, Kathy L. Osborn received 399, Joel M. Schumm received 310, and David R. Hennessy received 272 votes.

Winningham now becomes one voice on the commissions, which are chaired by Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Winingham joins two other lawyers chosen by colleagues and three non-attorneys appointed by the governor. The commissions not only review applicants for the states’ appellate courts, as has been done twice this year, but members also review potential judicial misconduct actions and handle other judicial qualifications and disciplinary issues, such as the senior judge list.


 

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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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