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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Ind. Courts - South Bend Tribune editorial endorses Appeals Court Judges Michael P. Barnes, Paul D. Mathias and Nancy H. Vaidik

From the editorial, which was published Nov. 3rd:

Barnes, who was prosecutor for more than 20 years in St. Joseph County, is well-respected for his service here, including development of the CASIE Center for child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and a domestic and family violence unit.

He, Mathias and Vaidik all met with the Editorial Board earlier this month and our members were impressed by the commitment all three have made to deal with their large caseload effectively and transparently. In addition, Vaidik is respected for her teaching, including an adjunct professorship at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. Mathias focuses on improving court technology.

The 2012 Judicial Retention Poll of Indiana State Bar Association members overwhelmingly supports retaining each of the state judges up for a vote this year. This valuable evaluation is made by attorneys who work with the judges year in and year out.

See also this post from Oct. 16th, explaining that:
Judge Vaidik is the only COA judge up for retention whose district is statewide. Two 3rd District judges are up for retention, Judges Barnes and Mathias, but only the voters of that district get to vote on them. One 1st District judge is up, and again, those of us in the 2nd and 3rd Districts will not see Judge John Baker's name on our ballots.
The 3rd district is basically the top third of the state, the 2nd district is the middle, and the 1st district is a generous southern third. See map here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 6, 2012 09:41 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts