Courts in the Classroom
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 Pivarnik was born in 1925 in Valparaiso, Indiana, and died June 3, 1995.
He received his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1951. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force.444 He served as deputy prosecutor of Porter County from 1952 to 1958 and as prosecuting attorney from 1958 to 1962.445 He served as Porter Circuit Court Judge from 1962 to 1977, when he was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Arterburn.446 Justice Pivarnik was the first justice to join the Indiana Supreme Court through a nonpolitical merit system.447 He retired in 1990 due to poor health.448
444. Biographies Trace Legal Careers Of Judges, 24 RES GESTAE 415, 415 (1980).
445. Ex-state Supreme Court Justice Alfred Pivarnik Dies, INDIANAPOLIS STAR, June 5, 1995, at B1.
447. Ceremonies Induct New Supreme Court Associate Justice - and Pay Tribute to Retiring
Justice Arterburn, 21 RES GESTAE 239, 239 (1977).
448. Ex-state Supreme Court Justice Alfred Pivarnik Dies, supra note 445, at B1.
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.