Robing ceremony set for Judge Leanna Weissmann

A ceremony celebrating the addition of Judge Leanna Weissmann to the Indiana Court of Appeals will take place next week.

Weissmann’s robing ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 26 in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Members of the public are invited to watch a webcast of the ceremony, but can also attend in person. A livestream will be shown in the Indiana House and Senate chambers, serving as as overflow space.

Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush will administer the oath and Weissmann’s family will assist in the ceremonial robing.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in September 2020 announced Weissmann would fill a vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals created by now-Senior Judge John Baker, who retired that same month as the state’s longest-serving judge. 

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Bradford administered a private oath last September to allow Weissmann to officially begin her duties as a judge on appellate court prior to the ceremony in 2021.

Weissmann, of Aurora, has an extensive background in appellate litigation. She clerked for then-Court of Appeals Judge Robert Rucker and has argued dozens of cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court, as well as a successful argument at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Holcomb selected Weissmann from a group of three finalists, which also included Vigo County Judge Lakshmi Reddy and New Albany attorney Lisa Reger. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, chose the three finalists from a pool of 13 candidates.

This story has been updated. 

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