A journalist and a trial judge will be honored by the Indiana Judges Association for their outstanding efforts to educate the public about the working of the state's judicial system, Judge John Marnocha of the St. Joseph Superior Court announced today.
Judge Marnocha, president of the Indiana Judges Association, said the association solicited nominations from the judiciary and the public for its Commendations for Excellence in Public Information and Education Awards.
"These awards give us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the very fine work done by journalists and judges across Indiana to help citizens gain a better understanding of the justice system," Judge Marnocha said.
Marcia J. Oddi, publisher of The Indiana Law Blog, will receive the media award. The Indiana Law Blog is a web log devoted to providing information on Indiana court decisions and other legal developments. Judge David Chidester of Porter Superior Court nominated Ms. Oddi for providing citizens with an up-to-date capsule of all matters involving Indiana law. Ms. Oddi has published The Indiana Law Blog since 2002.
Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura of Lake Superior Court- Juvenile Division will receive the judiciary award. She was nominated by Magistrate Charlotte Peller and Chief Probation Officer Diane Weiss Bradley of Lake Superior Court for her efforts to educate young people about the reality of juvenile delinquency and juvenile court. Judge Bonaventura was the sole judge featured in a 2005 MTV documentary series called "MTV Juvies."
The awards will be presented during the Indiana Judges Association luncheon in South Bend on September 14, 2006.