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Monday, November 05, 2012

Ind. Courts - New juvenile court magistrate in Lake County

The NWI Times today has this story by Susan Brown that begins:

CROWN POINT | The loss to the Lake County CASA program was the judiciary's win, Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonventura says.

The commitment and experience of the program's longtime director, Elizabeth Gail Tegarden, made her the judge's "only" consideration when it came to replacing another juvenile court veteran, John Sedia.

Tegarden did not seek the position. Rather, Bonaventura sought her.

"We deal with underdogs in this court, children with no real voice," Bonaventura said. "Often Gail is the voice for these children. How can I not want her to sit in judgment and help people navigate through this maze we call the criminal justice system? We all turn to her."

Tegarden, 58, of Gary, says she has been in and out of juvenile court since obtaining her law degree 31 years ago, first by representing indigent clients in cases involving Children in Need of Services.

A graduate of Boston University and Valparaiso University School of Law, Tegarden also served as a public defender in juvenile court before accepting the CASA directorship in 1998.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 5, 2012 08:36 AM
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