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Darden retirement ceremony July 25

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The Indiana Court of Appeals will celebrate Judge Carr Darden’s 18 years of service at a retirement ceremony July 25. Darden is leaving the court because will turn 75 Saturday, the age of mandatory retirement. He will continue to serve as a senior judge.

Darden told then-Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and Gov. Mitch Daniels in January that he planned to retire on his 75th birthday. He joined the court in November 1994, appointed by Gov. Evan Bayh. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, Darden was a judge in Marion County.

The Tennessee native and U.S. Air Force veteran graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1970. Before becoming a judge, he worked as a Marion County and state public defender.

Darden told the Indiana Lawyer  in January that he would have continued to serve as a Court of Appeals judge if he were not required to retire.

“It’s hard to leave the best job in the world, but you know, I hope I can say it was a job well done,” Darden said in a release from the court. “I can definitely say I worked with a lot of great people and I’ll be happy to keep doing that as a senior judge.”

Darden is the second African-American to serve on the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Chief Judge Margret Robb will preside over Darden’s retirement ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom. The ceremony is invitation only, but will be webcast live.

“Judge Darden is an esteemed colleague, a trusted friend and a delightful man,” Robb said. “He’s served our state with distinction and all of us here at the court extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to him and to Mrs. Darden.”  

Gov. Mitch Daniels has yet to select Darden’s successor. The finalists for the position are Marion Superior Judge Robert Altice Jr., public defender Patricia Caress McMath, and Madison Circuit Judge Rudolph Pyle III. The governor has until Aug. 11 to make the appointment.

 

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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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