Leadership in Law 2012: Hon. Heather A. Welch

Judge, Marion Superior Court, Civil Division, Indianapolis Valparaiso University Law School

April 25, 2012
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Health Welch (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Judge Heather Welch has enjoyed much success in her legal career, but perhaps her greatest achievement is her reputation. There is a reason why her court regularly has more attorneys choosing to transfer cases to it than any other court. She is respected by fellow attorneys and judges for her legal knowledge, fairness and dedication to the legal community and its pursuit of justice.

The best advice I ever received was
that when in doubt you should always take the high road.

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
the average starting salary for a new lawyer was not 250k per year!

My best stress reliever is

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
serving the public in the executive or legislative branches of government.

In 2012, I’d like to
hike a Fourteener (14,000 foot mountain) in Colorado with my husband and two sons.

The three words that best describe me are
hardworking, compassionate and optimistic.

In my community, I’m passionate about

In the movie about my life,
Catherine Zeta-Jones would play me.  


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  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  3. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon