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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ind. Courts - "The two women with current region ties seeking a seat on the Indiana Supreme Court appear to have as good a chance as any of the 34 justice candidates"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reported this morning on upcoming interviews tomorrow for two women from, as the headline proclaims, the "region". Some quotes:

Lake Superior Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura and Clare Kraegel Nuechterlein, an assistant professor at Valparaiso University School of Law, will be interviewed Wednesday by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.

A review of their applicant files by The Times found the women come to the process with significant achievements in law and highly recommended by their peers. * * *

Since 1993, Bonaventura has served as juvenile court judge in Lake County. She was a juvenile court magistrate from 1982-93.

In her application, Bonaventura tells the committee one of her most significant achievements as a judge was in 1996, when she mandated the Lake County Board of Commissioners build a new juvenile courthouse and detention center. At the time, juvenile court was held in the Superior Court building in Gary.

"The situation was volatile, without decorum or security," Bonaventura said. "Adults in shackles sat next to abused children, next to disgruntled parents, next to attorneys trying to conference with clients."

After several lawsuits, a new $23 million facility eventually was built on 93rd Avenue in Crown Point.

Nuechterlein, 60, was born in Rochester, N.Y., and now lives in South Bend. She earned her bachelor's, master's and law degrees at Valparaiso University, where she now teaches.

Teaching is an important aspect of who she is, Nuechterlein explains in her application.

"As both professor and mentor, I am presented daily with opportunities to assist students in reaching their personal and professional goals and becoming contributing members of the legal profession," Nuechterlein said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 6, 2010 09:35 PM
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