Bankruptcy Court to hold ceremony for retiring judge

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The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana is hosting a private retirement ceremony Thursday in honor of Judge James K. Coachys, who is retiring Sept. 30.

Coachys was appointed to a 14-year term as bankruptcy judge in October 2000, and he served as chief judge from Oct. 1, 2012, to July 30, 2014.

“Judge Coachys has been a model of patience, excellence, and integrity during his 14 years of service to the Southern District. His steady leadership as Chief Judge during a time of intense fiscal crisis for the Courts has left us a more lean and nimble Court and in the strongest position possible. Judge Coachys has earned the respect and admiration of all and will be sorely missed,” current Chief Judge Robyn Moberly said.

Before joining the Bankruptcy Court, Coachys worked in private practice and later became a magistrate judge and judge in Johnson County. He graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1974.

Coachys is active in several organizations, including the USO of Indiana and Johnson County Red Cross. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 to 1976.  



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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.