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[SUPREME] Loretta Rush to Be Sworn-In as 108th Indiana Supreme Court Justice
Start Date: 11/2/2012 All Day
End Date: 11/2/2012
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Loretta Rush, a Superior Court judge in Tippecanoe County, will take the oath of office as Indiana’s 108th Supreme Court Justice on November 7th. The private oath will be administered by Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson. A public, formal swearing-in ceremony will take place December 28th. 

Chief Justice Dickson explained, “My colleagues on the bench and the court staff send our warmest welcome to Justice Rush. She is widely respected for her wisdom, sound judgment, and dedication as a jurist and for being an effective and innovative administrator.” 

Case work and administrative matters have been handled by a four-member Court since Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. left the bench in August 2012. Since her appointment, Judge Rush has continued hearing and completing juvenile cases in Tippecanoe County and had a full docket this week. She has continued her work on numerous pilot programs that involve her court, worked on a transition plan and finished the court’s 2013 budget. She is transitioning her court to the leadership of Judge Pro Tempore Thomas Milligan, who was appointed by the Supreme Court to temporarily serve as judge of Tippecanoe Superior Court #3.  The Governor will appoint Judge Rush’s permanent successor. Justice Rush will begin working with the Supreme Court immediately upon taking the oath next week. Her first oral arguments are scheduled for November 21st.

“It has been a wonderful privilege to serve the people of such a remarkable and caring county,” said Rush referring to Tippecanoe County where she was Superior Court judge from 1999-2012. “It is tough leaving my colleagues, staff, and the people of our county. I look forward to joining the Indiana Supreme Court as the next justice in this amazing opportunity to serve our entire state.”  

Indiana has a merit selection system for appellate court judges. As required by the Indiana Constitution and state statue, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission recruited and interviewed applicants to fill the judicial vacancy. Rush was one of twenty-two applicants who submitted legal writings, educational transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Commission. In June and July, the Commission held two rounds of public interviews and voted to send Judge Rush, Judge Steven Nation and Mr. Geoffrey Slaughter to the Governor as finalists. Governor Mitch Daniels announced his selection of Judge Rush as Indiana’s 108th justice on September 14th.
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Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Email: kathryn.dolan@courts.in.gov
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