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The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee released the results of its 2012 judicial candidate evaluation. The Democratic and Republican Party ballots will feature twelve candidates vying for 10 spots on Marion Superior Court. The candidates received varied approval rates, from just 18 percent to nearly 97 percent.

Republican Superior Judge Robert R. Altice Jr. received a 96.7 percent recommendation rate; Judges Mark D. Stoner and Heather A. Welch, both Democrats, and Republican Judge Michael D. Keele all received 95 percent approval ratings.

Coming in with the lowest approval rates are Democratic candidate Greg Bowes, with 52.7 percent; Democratic Judge Becky Pierson-Treacy at 30.7 percent; and Republican candidate Paul K. Ogden at just over 18 percent.

The survey was sent to IBA members, attorneys in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Marion County Public Defender’s Office, as well as any other attorney who had entered an appearance in Marion County courts in the last three years. Respondents were asked to verify they had professional contact with the judicial candidates and if they did, they were to asked to rate their experience with those candidates based on five criteria.

The criteria are: demonstration of sufficient legal experience to be an effective judge; efficiency as an office administrator; conduct appropriate for a judge; knowledge of rules of evidence, procedure and substantive law; and ability to be unbiased, independent and impartial.

Complete details are posted at www.indyjudges.org.

 

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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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