Unique situation for Gov. Daniels

August 12, 2010
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Gov. Mitch Daniels might not make the most appointments to our state’s appellate courts while in office, but today he finds himself in a pretty interesting position. He’ll be only the second governor to have appointed someone to all three of Indiana’s appellate courts.

In 2007, he chose Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale Bradford, and Judge Elaine Brown in 2008. This year, he’ll select Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm’s replacement, as well as the next Indiana Tax Court judge. Judge Thomas Fisher announced he’s stepping down Jan. 1, 2011.

We’re currently waiting for his decision as to who the next justice will be. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission selected Boone Circuit Judge Steven David, Marion Superior Judge Robyn Moberly, and Bingham McHale attorney Karl Mulvaney as finalists. Justice Boehm leaves the bench Sept. 30.

Now, Gov. Daniels will be able to leave his legacy on the state’s Tax Court, created in 1986. Judge Fisher has been the only judge to sit on that court. He was appointed by Gov. Robert Orr, the only other governor to have appointed someone to all three appellate courts. Two of his appointments are still on the Supreme Court: Justice Brent Dickson and Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.

As far as current appellate judges, Daniels is beaten so far in the number of appointments made by Govs. Frank O’Bannon and Evan Bayh. The majority of appellate judges currently serving were appointed by them. But, there’s still plenty of time before Daniels’ term is up for some other judges to decide to step down.

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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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