The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana is hosting a private retirement ceremony Thursday in honor of Judge James K. Coachys, who is retiring Sept. 30.
Coachys was appointed to a 14-year term as bankruptcy judge in October 2000, and he served as chief judge from Oct. 1, 2012, to July 30, 2014.
“Judge Coachys has been a model of patience, excellence, and integrity during his 14 years of service to the Southern District. His steady leadership as Chief Judge during a time of intense fiscal crisis for the Courts has left us a more lean and nimble Court and in the strongest position possible. Judge Coachys has earned the respect and admiration of all and will be sorely missed,” current Chief Judge Robyn Moberly said.
Before joining the Bankruptcy Court, Coachys worked in private practice and later became a magistrate judge and judge in Johnson County. He graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1974.
Coachys is active in several organizations, including the USO of Indiana and Johnson County Red Cross. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 to 1976.