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Verbatim: Indiana Supreme Court justice to step down

Statement issued Tuesday:

Justice Theodore R. Boehm, Indiana’s 104th Supreme Court Justice will step down from the bench on September 30, 2010. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard made the announcement and said, “While it is disappointing to lose Justice Boehm as a colleague, we are all grateful for his 14 years of service to our state’s judiciary. He has brought powerful insight to our deliberations and enormous energy to the goal of making Indiana a better place for its citizens.”

Justice Boehm, was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Evan Bayh in 1996. During his career on the bench, Justice Boehm authored civil and criminal opinions on a variety of topics. He authored 466 majority opinions and 77 dissenting opinions. A soon to be published biography on the 105 Justice’s of the Court includes a description of Justice Boehm’s legal career. Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis Professor Joel Schumm authored the section on Boehm and wrote, “Boehm’s remarkable legal and community work brought national recognition, such as an appointment to the inaugural board of editors of the prestigious National Law Journal in 1978.” Schumm also noted Boehm’s contributions to the Court outside opinion writing.

His service on the Court included the webcasting of all oral arguments, the adoption of a coherent set of new appellate rules, and a 2000 constitutional amendment that made the Court’s jurisdiction almost entirely discretionary. In addition, Boehm took a lead role in the Court’s Jury Pool Project ... and led the 2007 negotiations for office space for ancillary court operations, which saved taxpayers nearly $1,000,000.

Justice Boehm was born in Illinois on September 12, 1938. He grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Shortridge High School in 1956. He attended Brown University and spent his junior year at the University of Munich. In 1960, he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy from Brown. He graduated magna cum laude in 1963 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court.

In 1964 he returned to Indiana and joined the Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels where he became a partner in 1970 and managing partner in 1980. In 1988 Justice Boehm joined General Electric as General Counsel of GE Appliances and in 1989 became Vice President and General Counsel of GE Aircraft Engines. In 1991 he joined Eli Lilly and Company and returned to Baker & Daniels in 1995.

Justice Boehm was Chairman and CEO of the organizing committee for the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, and was the first President and CEO of Indiana Sports Corporation, President of the Penrod

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm

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Society, and a principal organizer of the Economic Club of Indianapolis. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Brown University, and currently serves as Chair of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission and director of the National Art Museum of Sport, Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc., and Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association. He is married to Peggy Boehm, who served as Budget Director under Governor O’Bannon and held several other senior positions in Indiana government. She is now Chief Financial Officer of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. The couple has six children and twelve grandchildren.

The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will search for Justice Boehm’s successor. Chaired by Chief Justice Shepard, the Commission will likely interview candidates in July and send the names of three candidates to Governor Mitch Daniels. The Governor will select Indiana's next justice.

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