Veteran jurist and now Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker will be honored Thursday when Courtroom 216 is named in her honor at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis. A ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the courtroom.
Barker, a district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is only the third judge in the courthouse’s 111-year history to occupy the courtroom on a full-time basis.
President Ronald Reagan in March 1984 appointed Barker to fill the vacancy created by the death of former Judge Cale J. Holder, who had served since 1954. Judge Barker became the first woman appointed as a federal judge in Indiana and immediately took up occupancy of the courtroom that now bears her name.
Speakers at the hourlong ceremony will include Chief Judge Richard L. Young, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, historian James H. Madison, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Kenneth J. Falk, Assistant United States Attorney James Robert Wood, and Susan Barker Yeley.