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IBA: Zore and Keele to Change Courts

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The Marion Superior Court Executive Committee recently approved the reassignments of Judge Jerry Zore to Marion Probate Court, and Judge Mike Keele to Civil Division Court 7. These changes come as Judge Tanya Walton Pratt assumes her duties as the newest judge to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana which occurred on June 25.

First elected to the bench in 1974, Judge Zore has served on the civil court bench throughout his judicial career. “I think it will be an interesting experience and I’m looking forward to the change,” Zore said of the reassignment which he sought. His tenure as judge has also included a term as Marion Superior Court Presiding Judge.

Judge Keele will be leaving Community Court where he has been since his election to the bench in 2001. Keele said, “I look forward to the reassignment to Civil 7 where Judge Zore served so capably for 36 years.”

Judge Keele has requested permission to bring with him to Civil Court 7 the environmental docket he has been handling while sitting in Community Court. “I’m hopeful the cases will accompany me, though no final decision has yet been made by the Court’s Executive Committee,” he noted.

Both judges are expected to complete the physical move to their new courts in the City County Building the week of July 5.

Governor Mitch Daniels is anticipated to name Judge Pratt’s replacement to the Superior Court within 45 days. It will then be the responsibility of the Superior Court’s Executive Committee chaired by Presiding Judge Bob Altice to assign the Court’s newest judge to a bench.•

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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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