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Courtesy Indiana Supreme Court

Daniels: Steven David to interpret rather than invent our laws

Statement issued Friday:

Governor Mitch Daniels today announced he has selected Boone County Circuit Court Judge Steven H. David as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. David will replace Justice Theodore R. Boehm, who will retire from the court on September 30.

"In a group of admirable finalists, Judge Steven David stood out first for the breadth and diversity of his experience. In addition to a distinguished 15-year tenure on the bench, he spent years in business, on the receiving end of law and regulation. He compiled a highly decorated military career, during which he was tested in one of the most sensitive and challenging assignments imaginable," said Daniels.

"Lastly, I heard from Steve David the clearest expression of commitment to proper restraint in jurisprudence, and to deep respect for the boundaries of judicial decision-making. He will be a judge who interprets rather than invents our laws," said the governor.

Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn L. Moberly and Karl L. Mulvaney, a partner at the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham McHale, were the other two finalists.

David, 53, has an extensive background in private law practice, in the military and in business. Since 1995, he has been a judge in Boone County, handling civil, criminal and all juvenile matters. He is known for his passion and efforts to improve the availability of mental health services for children and has offered his time in the community for many juvenile programs. For example, he has served on the board of directors for the Zionsville and Lebanon Boys and Girls Clubs at various times during his career.

"I look forward to working with the absolute best supreme court in the United States, the absolute best court of appeals, and all the trial judges and every lawyer. Most importantly, I look forward to serving the citizens of the state of Indiana. This was an opportunity to work in a different capacity. I believe my life is about public service. I have the upmost respect for the Constitution of our country and of this state," said David.

He also is dedicated to military service, and has more than 27 years of commissioned service as with the U.S. Army in active and reserve duty, earning the rank of colonel. David was the chief defense counsel for the Office of the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2008. David is highly decorated, having earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, among other awards.

David graduated from Columbus North High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Murray State University and his law degree from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 1982. Subsequently, he served as a U.S. Army JAG officer stationed from 1982-1986 in Georgia and at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, in private practice in Columbus from 1986 to 1988, and was Mayflower Transit Corporation's counsel and senior attorney from 1988 to 1994.

David has testified before state and federal panels about juvenile law and security issues, is a speaker and lecturer on legal matters, and developed Boone County's continuing legal education program.

A date for David's robing ceremony will be determined by the Supreme Court.

Past swearing-in ceremonies

The Indiana Supreme Court offers a slideshow of past swearing-in ceremonies.

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