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Christie elected to Judicial Nominating Commission

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Lawyers have elected Indianapolis attorney Lee Christie to the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Christie, a partner at Cline Farrell Christie & Lee, won the election for the lawyer position on the panel representing Court of Appeals District 2, defeating Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner Jan Carroll by a vote of 1,435 to 1,159, according to results released late Tuesday.

The seven-member commission interviews and recommends candidates to fill vacancies on Indiana’s appellate courts and also serves as the Judicial Qualifications Commission that investigates complaints against judges.

The panel consists of three lawyers and three non-lawyers from each of the geographic COA districts and is chaired by the chief justice. Christie will replace Indianapolis attorney William Winingham, whose term expires at the end of the year.

The clerk of the Indiana Supreme Court tallied votes and certified the results. Voting was extended through Tuesday after an untold number of attorneys eligible to cast ballots did not receive them.

Approximately 35 percent of eligible attorneys voted. Christie, along with members elected or appointed to the board in the next couple of years, will participate in decisions that will shape the Indiana Supreme Court. Chief Justice Brent Dickson will turn 75, hitting the mandatory retirement age for judges, in the final year of Christie’s three-year term.

While the commission makes recommendations of appointees to the governor, commission members select the chief justice.
 
Court of Appeals District 2 includes Adams, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Madison, Marion, Miami, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Wells and White Counties.

 

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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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