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Friday, July 20, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Court of Appeals retirement ceremony July 25th to honor Judge Carr L. Darden"

The COA has issued this news release:

Judicial career spans 24 years on Municipal, Superior and Appeals courts

INDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals of Indiana will conduct a Wednesday, July 25th retirement ceremony and celebration honoring Judge Carr L. Darden as he retires from the court after nearly 18 years of service. Chief Judge Margret G. Robb will preside.

The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom for an audience of invited guests. The ceremony will be webcast live and archived for later viewing. News media should contact the court for coverage arrangements.

Judge Darden joined the court in November 1994 after his appointment by Gov. Evan Bayh. He was a judge of Marion Superior Court from 1991-94 and of Marion Municipal Court from 1989-91. He is a 1970 graduate of Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and a former Marion County public defender and chief deputy state public defender.

The Tennessee native and U.S. Air Force veteran is retiring at the mandatory age of 75 but will continue to serve the state as a senior judge.

“It’s hard to leave the best job in the world,” Judge Darden said, “but you know, I hope I can say it was a job well done. I can definitely say I worked with a lot of great people and I’ll be happy to keep doing that as a senior judge.”

Judge Darden has received numerous honors during his career, including the Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence in 1994 from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He especially cherishes the fact that his colleagues on the Marion County bench deemed him “exceptionally qualified” to serve on the trial court.

Judge Darden is the second African American to serve on the Court of Appeals and the first to retire from it. (Judge Robert D. Rucker left the COA in 1999 after being appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court.)

“Judge Darden is an esteemed colleague, a trusted friend and a delightful man,” Chief Judge Robb said. “He’s served our state with distinction and all of us here at the court extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to him and to Mrs. Darden.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 20, 2012 09:02 AM
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