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Verbatim: Judicial officers honored

Statement issued Thursday:

Dozens of judicial officers were honored for their commitment to higher education and their long-time service to the judicial branch during 2010. A member of the press was also honored for her commitment to public education. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said, “This is a list of our hardest working judges across the state. The Judicial branch is proud to once again congratulate them as the year comes to a close.” Twenty-one judicial officers completed coursework to attain an Indiana Judicial College certificate and nine judges were honored for 24 years of service on the bench.

The judicial officers were recognized by the Indiana Judicial Center, the Indiana Supreme Court and judges from across the state during a 2010 annual conference. Indiana Judicial Center Executive Director Jane Seigel explained the significance of the honors, “Each year, we recognize the judges in our state who have made public service their life’s work. We applaud the judges who make a commitment to our advanced education programs. We also show support for a judge and a reporter who make efforts to educate the community about the judicial branch.”

2010 Indiana Judicial College Certificate Graduates: A judicial officer must complete 120 hours of judicial education presented by the Indiana Judicial Center to receive the Indiana Judicial College certificate. The programs offered for Judicial College credit are designed specifically for judicial officers in the following areas: legal ability, judicial skills, contemporary and interdisciplinary issues, judicial responsibility, personal growth and development.

  • Phillip I. Adler, Vigo Superior Court 2
  • S. Brent Almon, Posey Superior Court
  • Larry L. Ambler, St. Joseph Circuit Court
  • Kevin Barton, Johnson Superior Court 1
  • Larry R. Blanton, Orange Circuit Court
  • Ted Boehm, Indiana Supreme Court
  • John Jay Boyce, Marion Superior Court
  • Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Superior Court 1
  • Kirk D. Carpenter, DeKalb Circuit Court
  • Steve David, Boone Circuit Court
  • William E. Davis, Lake Superior Court
  • Stephen R. Galvin, Monroe Circuit Court, Division 7
  • Jerry F. Jacobi, Clark Superior Court 2
  • Robert E. Kirsch, Noble Superior Court
  • Marcia L. Linsky, Allen Superior Court
  • Loretta H. Rush, Tippecanoe Superior Court 3
  • Russell J. Sanders, Shelby Superior Court
  • Mark A. Smith, Hendricks Superior Court 4
  • Dean A. Sobecki, Daviess Superior Court
  • Wayne E. Steele, Fulton Superior Court
  • Jeffrey L. Thode, Porter Superior Court
  • Heather A. Welch, Marion Superior Court, Civil 12
24 Year Certificates: This award is given to judges and magistrates with 24 years of service on the bench.

  • Mary Beth Bonaventura, Lake Superior Court
  • Scott Bowers, Senior Judge
  • Dean A. Colvin, Marshall Superior Court 2
  • Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Thomas Fisher, Indiana Tax Court
  • Steven Fleece, Senior Judge
  • Gregory Gillis, Lake Superior Court
  • Daniel Molter, Newton Superior Court
  • Charles O’Connor, Shelby Circuit Court
Community Relations Committee Awards: The Indiana Judges Association recognizes a judge and a journalist each year for their contribution to public information and education. The judicial officer is

recognized for community relations efforts. The recipient is Steuben Circuit Court Judge Allen Wheat, who produced a video for teens on what happens in court as a result of a drunk driving arrest. The reporter is recognized for responsible reporting of the Indiana Judiciary. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland was recognized for reporting on the State of the Judiciary and the Judicial Nominating Commission process for selection of a new Supreme Court Justice.

The Indiana Judicial Center serves as the state’s judicial research and continuing judicial education agency. It develops and sponsors continuing education programming for judges, probation officers and other court personnel. The Center works to enhance the performance of the judicial system as a whole by continuously improving the professional competence of judicial officers. For more information on the Center visit

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