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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
yoga.

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
education.

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

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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