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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Wayne County public defender lands state honor"

The Richmond Palladium-Item has a story this weekend that reports:

Kaarin Lueck has almost literally written the book on juvenile law in Indiana.

Lueck, a Wayne County public defender since 2003, is the 2014 Gault Award winner for the state of Indiana, an award given by the Indiana Public Defender Council (IPDC).

Lueck works primarily in Wayne Superior Court 3 and is defense attorney assigned to all the county’s juvenile delinquency cases.

Those who work with her were not surprised by the honor.

“Her contributions to this community and to juvenile offenders have been hugely important,” said Superior Court 3 Judge Darin Dolehanty. “She is providing important representation and knows that area of the law better than anyone I know in this region.”

“We are very proud of Kaarin. She is a remarkable lady,” said Denny Burns, president of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. “We know how blessed we are to have her. She is one of those people who routinely go above or beyond.”

Dolehanty said he has also been impressed with Lueck’s work at the state and national level.

Since 2008, Lueck has authored recent editions of the IPDC’s Juvenile Delinquency Manual along with its Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights manuals. She also authored the first edition of the IPDC’s Juvenile Delinquency Practice Standards.

Lueck also wrote and regularly updates the Indiana Chapter of the American Bar Association’s Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications project, which documents and analyzes the significant hardships experienced by youth who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

“She has been such a consistent and strong voice for juveniles and juvenile law at the state and national level,” Dolehanty said.

Ms. Lueck is also author of the Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog. The award was announced on June 13th.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 6, 2014 12:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts