Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush has been named the state’s 2018 Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
“The role of the chief justice of Indiana is expansive in both its responsibilities and importance,” a Tuesday press release said. “Loretta Rush brings a passionate commitment, and strong organizational skills and communication abilities to all aspects of her position.”
Rush was appointed Indiana’s 108th Supreme Court justice in November 2012, quickly moving up to claim the title of chief justice less than two years later.
“Chief Justice Rush has greatly expanded the use of technology to allow the court system statewide to operate more efficiently,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “From administrative restructuring and establishment of Indiana’s commercial courts to her focus on trying to protect young people from becoming innocent victims of the actions of others, she is a true leader for Indiana and beyond.”
In addition to her work on the bench, Rush supervises the entire judicial branch, including administration and funding of court programs across the state. She co-chairs the National Judicial Opioid Task Force.
Prior to her service with the high court, Rush spent 15 years at a Lafayette law firm and was a Superior Court judge in Tippecanoe County before her appointment to the state Supreme Court.
“The bench and bar in our state widely agree that Loretta Rush’s leadership as chief justice is key to building a better court system for Indiana’s future,” said former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard.
“Chief Justice Rush is visible and inventive in finding ways to advance our state,” Shepard continued. “She’s become recognized in national judicial circles as a leader who enriches the legal system, and she’s a source of pride for Indiana lawyers and judges.”
Rush will be honored at the Chamber’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 13 at the Indiana Convention Center.