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Rush to take lead on proposed Commission on Children, juvenile panels

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Justice Loretta Rush is poised to take a leading position on matters of juvenile law and head a proposed Indiana Commission on Children, according to an order of the Indiana Supreme Court issued Tuesday.

Rush, who was sworn in during a private ceremony Nov. 7, will serve as the court’s liaison to the Juvenile Justice Improvement Committee and Problem Solving Courts Committee of the Judicial Conference, according to the assignment of judicial duties contained in the order. Rush also will lead the State Board of Law Examiners.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson will remain the court liaison to the Division of Supreme Court Administration and Division of State Court Administration and the Indiana Judicial Center. He also will continue to chair the commissions on Judicial Nomination and Judicial Qualifications.

The order redistributes liaison and chair positions to the agencies, boards, commissions and task forces under Indiana Supreme Court Administrative Rule 4(B).

Responsibilities of remaining justices are as follows:

Justice Steven David: Chair of the Records Management Committee and liaison to the Disciplinary Commission and to the Strategic Planning Committee and Education Committee of the Judicial Conference.

Justice Mark Massa: Chair of the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee and liaison for appellate court and agency technology oversight.

Justice Robert Rucker: Chair of the Task Force on Access by Persons with Limited English Proficiency and liaison to the Commission for Continuing Legal Education and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

The order is the first redesignation of responsibilities to a full court since the departure of former Chief Justice Randall Shepard and former Justice Frank Sullivan.

Rush’s formal, public swearing in ceremony will be Dec. 28.


 

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