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The Community Relations Committee works on issues relating to the public image of courts and the relationship between courts and the media. Committee projects have included production of a public service video, formation of the Media/Judicial Advisory Group, and formation of a “fire brigade” concept for 1st Amendment issues between courts and the media. This committee meets quarterly.


Awards Nominations

The Judicial Conference Community Relations Committee, on behalf of the Indiana Judges Association, accepted nominations for two awards recognizing “Excellence in Public Information and Education.” The Judge’s Award recognizes a member of the judiciary for efforts in community relations. The Media Award is presented to a member of the media for responsible reporting on the Indiana judiciary.

Additional information & nomination criteria

Judges Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is intended to connect schools with volunteer judges to speak about courts and the law and promote an understanding of the purpose and structure of Indiana's judicial system. The following is a directory of judicial officers willing to speak to K-12 classrooms in their respective counties. Teachers may contact a listed judge by either telephone or email. For more information on the Judges Speakers Bureau, please contact Jennifer Bauer.

Speakers Bureau Directory

Constitution Day

Judges are encouraged to find a classroom to visit and celebrate Constitution Day using a variety of resources.

Learn more about Constitution Day

View photos from 2019 Constitution Day outreach efforts





Hon. Murielle Bright
Jennings Circuit Court

Hon. John E. Broden
St. Joseph Circuit Court
South Bend

Mag. Stefanie Crawford
Marion Circuit Court

Hon. Aleksandra Dimitrijevic
Lake Superior Court

Hon. Maria Granger, Chair
Floyd Superior Court #3
New Albany

Mag. P. Chadwick Hill
Hamilton Superior Court

Hon. Gary Miller
Marion Superior Court

Hon. Bill Nelson
Marion Superior Court

Hon. Cheryl Rivera
Marion County Small Claims Court
Perry Township

Hon. Lori Schein
Boone Circuit Court

Mag. Gary J. Schutte, II
Vanderburgh Circuit Court

Comm. Austin Shadle
Wayne Superior Court

Hon. Stephanie Steele
St. Joseph Superior Court
South Bend

Hon. A. Douglas Stephens
Marion County Small Claims
Pike Township

Staff Contact

Jenny Bauer, Staff Attorney
Indiana Office of Court Services

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