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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Ind. Courts - "2012 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Judge Margret G. Robb"

Very nice article by Marc and Matha Allen in the Indianapolis Business Journal. A sample:

As the first woman judge to be elected as chief judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, Margret Robb is aware of its significance, but is not caught up in it.

“I would like to think that my colleagues voted for me because they thought I would do a good job,” said Robb. * * *

“I’m enormously proud to be a woman on the court, to be a woman as chief; someone had to be the first.”

It’s also important that someday a second and third woman be appointed to head the court, until it’s no longer a big deal, she said.

That may take a while, however, as just eight women have served on the appellate court in its 112-year history, and five of those are serving now.

The chief judge is elected by the 15 judges who serve on the appellate court. “It’s really the face of the court,” Robb said of her position, which is for a three-year term and began in 2011. “When someone needs to speak, I address the issues that the court has made decisions on.” * * *

There is more to being a judge than hearing cases, of course.

“Mentoring is one of the reasons that I hire a new law clerk every year,” said Robb, who studied law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. “I think part of my obligation is to mentor new lawyers.” She and other judges on the court also host “externs,” law students who volunteer in their chambers for school credit—and learn what appellate court is like.

“I was mentored by both men and women, and I think that’s what makes a really good bar.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 1, 2012 10:52 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts