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ISBA members approve judges up for retention

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The five Indiana judges up for retention this November have received overwhelming support from Indiana State Bar Association members. The ISBA poll shows no judge or justice received less than 83 percent of "yes" votes for retention.

Of the ISBA members who responded, 83.3 percent voted to retain Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, 90.3 percent voted to retain Justice Theodore Boehm, 88.6 percent voted to retain Justice Brent Dickson, 87.2 percent voted to retain Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Carr Darden, and 88 percent voted to retain Indiana Tax Judge Thomas Fisher.

This poll is the first time ISBA members were surveyed electronically. Of the 8,058 members polled, nearly 1,500 cast ballots. Appellate court judges face an approval vote in the first general election that occurs at least two years after their appointment, and every 10 years after that. Residents will vote Nov. 4 whether to retain these five judges.

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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.

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  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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