Evansville Judge Kiely honored with freedom award

Vanderburgh Circuit Judge David Kiely was honored April 29 by his colleagues on the bench and bar for his work helping to expand problem-solving courts and establish special programs for offenders.

The Evansville Bar Association recognized Kiely with the James Bethel Gresham Freedom Award at the annual Law Day dinner. Named in honor of James Bethel Gresham, who lived in Evansville from 1901 to 1914 and is believed to have been the first American soldier to die in World War I, the award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in activities that have elevated respect for the law, promoted freedom and furthered the ideals of Law Day.

Kiely created the first Veterans Treatment Court in Indiana and has worked to expand the problem-solving court into other counties. He also co-manages, along with Vanderburgh Superior Judge Wayne Trockman, the Vanderburgh County Day Reporting Drug Court, Re-entry Court Program and Forensic Diversion Program.

Kiely began his legal career in 1989 by joining his father in private practice at Kiely & Kiely. He was appointed as Circuit Court magistrate about nine years later. Subsequently, he was elected to the Vanderburgh Superior Court and, in 2012, to the Vanderburgh Circuit Court.

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