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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ind. Courts - "I have a damn good last name"

That is a quote from Bill Dolan's long story today in the NWI Times headed: "Marissa McDermott credits name in gaining voters' verdict." Some quotes:

The 40-year-old wife of Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. rode her family's reputation and money to victory over Lake Circuit Court Judge George C. Paras in the upset of the evening for local races. * * *

The circuit court, which presides over thousands of civil disputes ranging from constitutional matters and elections, to domestic law, is the only countywide judicial office that remains in partisan politics, separate from the Lake Superior Court, where merit selection of judges reigns.

Paras stressed his experience on the bench, while Marissa McDermott said she would bring new energy to the court, plagued with a monumental backlog of old cases. * * *

Marissa McDermott will face Gary attorney Douglas M. Grimes, who was unopposed in the Republican primary. If she wins, she would become the first female circuit court judge in the county's history. * * *

She attended the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and went to law school at Notre Dame, where she met her future husband. They graduated in May 2000.

Since then she has had a private law practice, specializing in employment law. She also has been public defender in the Lake Superior Court, County Division, for Judge Julie Cantrell's court for several years.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 4, 2016 01:32 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts