First woman elected to the Marion Superior Court
Betty Barteau was the first woman elected to the Marion Superior Court in 1975. She served in that capacity for 16 years before being appointed by Governor Bayh to the Indiana Court of Appeals in 1991. Barteau served for 7 years on the Indiana Court of Appeals. She stepped down from the Indiana Court of Appeals in 1998 when she was appointed the Director of the Russian American Judicial Partnership and moved to Moscow. She was the first American to receive the Femida award, which is the highest legal recognition awarded in Russia, for her work in development of the rule of law. Barteau graduated from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis (LL.B., 1965) and the University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M., 1995).