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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ind. Courts - Former COA Chief Judge Sanford M. Brook now an actor

Here is the lengthy Oct. 21st story in the South Bend Tribune, reported by Andrew S. Hughes. It appeared in the Sunday entertainment section. Some quotes:

About nine years ago, Brook moved to Colorado to take a position as a mediator with an arbitration firm, and while there, he’s begun to pursue his long-dormant desire to act.

All along, he’s carried one dream and desire: to play Clarence Darrow, the defense attorney best known today for the Scopes “Monkey” Trial and the Leopold and Loeb thrill-kill murder trial.

“We are all passionate about what we do and what we represent — we better be,” Brook says about lawyers and judges. “But (Darrow) was not only passionate; he could show compassion toward whatever he was representing.”

Local audiences can render their verdict on Brook’s progress as an actor when he returns to South Bend to perform the one-man play “Darrow” on Wednesday at the Century Center as a benefit for the St. Joseph County Bar Foundation to raise money for its civic and charitable programs.

A graduate of Adams High School and Indiana University Bloomington for both his undergraduate and law degrees, Brook is a former chief deputy prosecutor in St. Joseph County, practiced civil and criminal defense law in private practice, and served for 12 years as a judge with the St. Joseph Superior Courts and five years with the Indiana Court of Appeals, attaining the position of chief judge with both courts.

He was near the end of his three-year term as chief judge of the appellate court when he received the unexpected offer to join the Judicial Arbiter Group Inc. in Colorado.

“We do about everything you can think of that goes through the courts,” he says about the firm, where, unique among such companies, all of the arbitrators are former judges. “If it’s a civil case in the courts, we would do it.”

Cases involve professional negligence, personal injury, estates and, unusual for mediators, “a pretty good number of Ponzi schemes.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 24, 2012 10:01 AM
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