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Indianapolis lawyer chosen for judicial commissions

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Attorney John C. Trimble, a partner at Indianapolis firm Lewis Wagner, has been chosen to be one of the newest members on two key judicial commissions focused on nominating new appellate judges and ethical, qualification issues for judges statewide.

Starting in January, Trimble will be one of seven voices on the Judicial Nominating and Qualifications commissions. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard chairs the commissions, which include the same members. State law requires that three commissioners be attorneys while three others are lay members. The governor appoints the non-attorneys, while the Supreme Court Clerk selects those from the legal world.

Trimble takes over for Indianapolis attorney James H. Young, whose term expires Dec. 31 for the second judicial district. The term for Joan M. Hurley from Sellersberg also expires at year's end and the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. The governor's office hasn't announced a successor, and if that doesn't happen then Hurley can carry over her term, according to commission counsel Meg Babcock.

Other commission members include attorneys Stephen L. Williams from Terre Haute and Sherrill Colvin from Fort Wayne, as well as non-attorneys Mark Lubbers of Indianapolis and Dr. Daryl Yost of Fort Wayne. More information on the commissions can be found online at the Indiana Judicial Web site.

Prior to joining the commissions, Trimble and prospective members can get a glimpse of the duties by watching interviews for the latest Indiana Court of Appeals opening. The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected 7 of 15 applicants interested in the spot to return for second interviews next week; three of those will be chosen for the governor to choose from. The new judge will ultimately replace Judge John Sharpnack, who's retiring in May.

Meanwhile, the Judicial Qualifications Commission has recently issued new advisory opinions, such as one detailing when jurists should recuse themselves. Those orders can be viewed here.
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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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