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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Ind. Courts - Judges and lawyers from several counties in NW Indiana honor Chief Judge Margret G. Robb

Rob Earnshaw of the NWI Times reports today:

Judges and lawyers from several counties in Northwest Indiana celebrated Margret G. Robb, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Indiana in July 1998 by Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

In 2011, she began a three-year term as chief judge.

Women Lawyers Association President Melissa Cohen said Robb “is the face of the court. For those of us who follow behind her, that is important,” she said.

Speaking to the judges, lawyers and dignitaries in the room, Robb told them they “make Indiana better.” Robb said she’s been privileged to have so many people mentor her and hopes she could help those following her in the practice of law.

“One of the things that have been wonderful during my time as a lawyer is the changing of the landscape of the practice of law,” she said. “Women were once treated as children. It makes sense for women to have equality.”

Prior to her appointment to the court, Robb, for 20 years, practiced general law in Lafayette and served as a Chapter 11, 12 and a standing Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Northern District of Indiana. She also was a registered family and civil mediator and served as a Tippecanoe County deputy public defender.

“She loves Lake County and Northwest Indiana,” Lake Superior Court Civil Division Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider said. “She’s taken an interest in our people and our lawyers here,” Schneider said. “She’s a brilliant jurist.”

Daniel Vinovich, president-elect, Indiana State Bar Association, said the bar is going to work on diversity. “Diversity helps, studies have shown, provide more broad perspectives," he said. "They make organizations and associations better.”

Robb holds a bachelor's and master's in business economics from Purdue University; she was a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; and is a graduate of the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 2, 2012 09:30 AM
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