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IndyBar: Zore, Russell Recipients of Professionalism Awards

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The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Hon. Gerald Zore of Marion Superior Court the 2013 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while C. Joseph Russell has been posthumously awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award for 2013.

Both will be honored at the upcoming IndyBar Professionalism Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, September 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Indianapolis. The luncheon will also feature special guest speaker Hon. Loretta Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court.

The Hon. Gerald Zore is currently the Presiding Judge of the Marion Superior Court, Probate Division, and has served as Superior Court Judge since 1974. His nomination notes, “As a judge, he is thoughtful, rules timely on matters and does not shirk his duty or recuse himself just because the matter before him is controversial or difficult.”

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A longtime IndyBar member and volunteer, Judge Zore is also a member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness, the Board of Directors of Cathedral High School, the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association, and the Noble of Indiana Advisory Board. Born in Indianapolis, Judge Zore is a graduate of Cathedral High School, Marian University and the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. A member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Judge Zore has been married to his wife, Debra, for 32 years and they have two children: Meaghan, an attorney in San Francisco, and Matthew, a doctor in Indianapolis.

C. Joseph Russell was selected to receive the Professionalism Award posthumously after his sudden passing in July 2013. Joe was lauded as a pillar of professionalism in the legal community, with his nomination noting, “His passing was a shock, but I think everyone who knows him would agree he epitomized what this award is about. Joe was a class act and could always maintain civility in even the most contentious of cases.”

Russell was a Past President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, having served in 1999. He held numerous other positions within the bar, including roles as the IndyBar’s representative to the ABA House of Delegates from 2001 to 2007, the co-chair of the Professionalism Committee, on the executive committees of the Litigation, Environmental Law and Criminal Justice Sections, and the chair of the Bench Bar Conference. He also held positions within the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Hendricks County Bar Association, the Hamilton County Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, Federal Community Defenders Inc., the Hamilton County Vesta Foundation for Children and Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.

Russell was a graduate of Western Kentucky University and received his J.D. from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is survived by his wife Betsy, an attorney at Krieg DeVault LLP, and son Marc.•

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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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