Retirement ceremony planned for COA Judge Kirsch

Retiring Indiana Court of Appeals Judge James S. Kirsch will be honored for his 25 years on the appellate bench, and nearly half-century career in law, later this week.

A retirement ceremony for Kirsch will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The public is invited to watch a webcast of the ceremony.

Kirsch, 74, was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1994. The lifelong Indianapolis resident was chief judge from 2004 to 2007 and was retained to the state’s second-highest court in 1996, 2006 and 2016.

Before joining the COA, Kirsch was a judge on the Marion Superior Court from 1988 to 1994. He practiced law with Kroger Gardis & Regas from 1974 to 1988 prior to joining the judiciary.

Earlier this month, Kirsch was certified as a senior judge. The order is effective Oct. 2 through Dec. 31, 2022.

Derek Molter, an appellate lawyer with Ice Miller LLP, will succeed Kirsch on the bench. He is the third Court of Appeals judge appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, joining Judges Elizabeth Tavitas and Leanna Weissmann.

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