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Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Public History and
2011 Outstanding Public
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
Justice Landis was born January 17, 1912, in Logansport, Indiana, and died March 1, 1990, in Logansport.
He received both his A.B. (1932) and his LL.B. (1934) from Indiana University. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1934. He was the prosecuting attorney for the 29th Circuit from 1938 to 1940. He served as an Indiana State Representative in 1951, and as an Indiana State Senator in 1953 and 1955.384 He resigned from the Senate on April 13, 1955 to accept an appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court. He replaced Justice Levine, who was appointed amid speculation that Levine would serve for a brief time before he was replaced by Landis.385 Justice Landis resigned from the Indiana Supreme Court on November 8, 1965, and on the same day accepted an appointment as judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade.386 He held that position until 1983.387
384. 2 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY, supra note 255, at 247.
385. Edward Ziegner, Levine Hinted Giving Up New Judgeship Soon, INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, Jan. 18, 1955, at 1; Attorneys Vie for Brief Tenure on Bench of Supreme Court, INDIANAPOLIS STAR, Mar. 17, 1955, at 1 (reporting speculation that Levine would quit for Landis to join the court).
386. Judge Landis Takes Oath of Office, RES GESTAE, Dec. 1965, at 18, 30.
387. In Memoriam, 33 RES GESTAE 488, 488 (1990).
Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.