Sunday, February 17, 2013
Ind. Courts - Les Shively, the latest appointee to the Vanderburgh Superior Court bench
EVANSVILLE — Beyond the sharp suits, crisp white dress shirts and animated opinions for which he is well known, Les Shively has built a solid career over three-decades as a tenacious, hardworking lawyer specializing in property rights and real estate law. * * *
On Jan. 10, shortly before leaving office, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Shively, 58, to serve the two years remaining of Superior Court Judge David Kiely's term after Kiely was elected to the position of Circuit Court judge. Tentative plans are for him to be sworn in as a judge in early March, Shively said.Shively was one of seven local attorneys who sought the Superior Court appointment. His legal qualifications include having served as a hearing officer in attorney disciplinary proceedings for the past 12 years and as a member of the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners for 10 years, two of which he was board president. He served as general counsel for the Evansville Area Association of Realtors from 1982-2000. He has represented several local government bodies in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties, including the Vanderburgh County Election Board, Warrick Area Plan Commission and the Town of Chandler.
A frequent donor to Republican political campaigns, Shively donated, both through his law firm and individually, a total of $4,500 directly to Daniels' campaigns between 2004 and 2007, according to the Indiana Secretary of State's Office.
His appointment was an affirmation of Shively's life motto: Work hard, have faith, have patience, and it will all work out.
Patience, Shively said, is the hardest part for him. Superior Court was not the first state court appointment Shively had sought during his 32-year career, having made unsuccessful bids for seats on the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2013 06:40 PM
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