December 30, 2010
Contact: Kathryn Dolan

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Dozens of judicial officers were honored for their commitment to higher education and their long-time service to the judicial branch during 2010.  A member of the press was also honored for her commitment to public education.  Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said, “This is a list of our hardest working judges across the state.  The Judicial branch is proud to once again congratulate them as the year comes to a close.”  Twenty-two judicial officers completed coursework to attain an Indiana Judicial College certificate and nine judges were honored for 24 years of service on the bench.

The judicial officers were recognized by the Indiana Judicial Center, the Indiana Supreme Court and judges from across the state during a 2010 annual conference.  Indiana Judicial Center Executive Director Jane Seigel explained the significance of the honors, “Each year, we recognize the judges in our state who have made public service their life’s work.  We applaud the judges who make a commitment to our advanced education programs.  We also show support for a judge and a reporter who make efforts to educate the community about the judicial branch.” 

2010 Indiana Judicial College Certificate Graduates: A judicial officer must complete 120 hours of judicial education presented by the Indiana Judicial Center to receive the Indiana Judicial College certificate. The programs offered for Judicial College credit are designed specifically for judicial officers in the following areas:  legal ability, judicial skills, contemporary and interdisciplinary issues, judicial responsibility, personal growth and development.

Phillip I. Adler, Vigo Superior Court 2
S. Brent Almon, Posey Superior Court
Larry L. Ambler, St. Joseph Circuit Court
Kevin Barton, Johnson Superior Court 1
Larry R. Blanton, Orange Circuit Court
Ted Boehm, Indiana Supreme Court
John Jay Boyce, Marion Superior Court
Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Superior Court 1
Kirk D. Carpenter, DeKalb Circuit Court
Steve David, Boone Circuit Court
William E. Davis, Lake Superior Court

Stephen R. Galvin, Monroe Circuit Court, Division 7
Jerry F. Jacobi, Clark Superior Court 2
Robert E. Kirsch, Noble Superior Court
Marcia L. Linsky, Allen Superior Court
Loretta H. Rush, Tippecanoe Superior Court 3
Russell J. Sanders, Shelby Superior Court
Mark A. Smith, Hendricks Superior Court 4
Dean A. Sobecki, Daviess Superior Court
Wayne E. Steele, Fulton Superior Court
Jeffrey L. Thode, Porter Superior Court
Heather A. Welch, Marion Superior Court, Civil 12

24 Year Certificates: This award is given to judges and magistrates with 24 years of service on the bench.

Mary Beth Bonaventura, Lake Superior Court
Scott Bowers, Senior Judge
Dean A. Colvin, Marshall Superior Court 2
Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court
Thomas Fisher, Indiana Tax Court

Steven Fleece, Senior Judge
Gregory Gillis, Lake Superior Court
Daniel Molter, Newton Superior Court
Charles O’Connor, Shelby Circuit Court

Community Relations Committee Awards: The Indiana Judges Association recognizes a judge and a journalist each year for their contribution to public information and education.  The judicial officer is recognized for community relations efforts.  The recipient is Steuben Circuit Court Judge Allen Wheat, who produced a video for teens on what happens in court as a result of a drunk driving arrest.  The reporter is recognized for responsible reporting of the Indiana Judiciary.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland was recognized for reporting on the State of the Judiciary and the Judicial Nominating Commission process for selection of a new Supreme Court Justice.

The Indiana Judicial Center serves as the state’s judicial research and continuing judicial education agency.  It develops and sponsors continuing education programming for judges, probation officers and other court personnel.  The Center works to enhance the performance of the judicial system as a whole by continuously improving the professional competence of judicial officers.  For more information on the Center visit
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