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Judge L. Mark Bailey

(First District)

416 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-6897

Lloyd Mark Bailey was raised on the family farm in Decatur County. He was educated in Indiana, earning a B.A. from the University of Indianapolis (1978); a J.D. from Indiana University McKinney School of Law (1982); and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University (1999). He also completed the graduate program for Indiana Judges. Judge Bailey was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 1998, after having served as judge of the Decatur County and Decatur Superior Courts.

During his legal career, Judge Bailey has served public interest and professional organizations in various capacities. He was the first Chairperson of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, having been awarded the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Publico Award and the 2002 Randall Shepard Award for his pro bono contributions. His writings include: “A New Generation for Pro Bono,” “Pro Bono Participation Preserves Justice,” and “An Invitation to Become Part of the Solution,” all published in the Indiana Lawyer. Judge Bailey also chaired the Local Coordinating Council of the Governor’s Task Force for a Drug-Free Indiana and the Judicial Conference Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Additionally, he has served on the Judicial Education Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana.

In 2004, Judge Bailey and his First District colleagues received the Indiana Bar Foundation Law-Related Education Award for their commitment to bringing oral arguments into community settings. In February of 2006, he served as the Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Stetson University College of Law; in 2007-08, he was the Moderator of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series; in 2009, he was designated an ASTAR Science and Technology Fellow. Judge Bailey also has taught courses on state and local government and conflict management as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis. The Indiana Lawyer presented Judge Bailey with the Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister award in 2013.

In recent years, Judge Bailey has served on numerous committees of the bench and bar, including as the Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section and as a Board Member of the Indiana Judges Association and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law Alumni Association. In June 2020, he completed twelve years of service as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. Judge Bailey is the immediate past chair of the Court of Appeals Case Management Committee and presently serves on the Court’s Administration Committee.

Judge Bailey is currently the presiding judge of the first district Court of Appeals of Indiana. He was retained on the Court of Appeals in 2000, 2010, and 2020. His wife is a professor; the couple has two adult children.

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