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Friedlander To Retire From Indiana Court Of Appeals

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February 23, 2015 — Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Ezra H. Friedlander has submitted his resignation to Gov. Mike Pence, effective at the end of August.

At retirement, Judge Friedlander will have served on the Court for more than 22 years and practiced law for 50 years.  He has written 3,000 majority opinions and championed diversity in law.

He will retire just shy of the mandatory retirement age for judges of 75, in December 2016. “I thought 50 years was a good time,” Judge Friedlander said. “When you’ve done something for 50 years, it’s a good milestone.”

In his letter to the governor, Judge Friedlander said, “It is my hope that I have been of valuable service to the citizens of the State of Indiana. I personally value having been able to be of service to the citizens of our State.”

Judge Friedlander said he is submitting his resignation now to give the governor and the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission adequate time to appoint his replacement. The merit selection process to fill Judge Friedlander’s position will include an application and interview. The final selection is made by the Governor. The Judicial Nominating Commission will release details about the process on March 2.

Judge Friedlander was appointed by Gov. Evan Bayh and joined the Court of Appeals in January 1993. He was retained by election in 1996 and 2006. He has written 3,000 majority opinions and voted on more than 6,000 other cases. He said his career highlights include the opportunity to work with the court’s outstanding members past and present, and with the Indiana Supreme Court. He is especially proud of having started the Conference for Legal Education Opportunity summer internship program, or CLEO.

Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said, “Judge Friedlander will be greatly missed for many reasons including his solid and sensible judicial opinions, his consummate collegiality, and his dedication to bringing diversity to the legal profession.”

Before his appointment, Judge Friedlander’s private legal practice included significant trial and transactional practice, mainly representing small businesses. He also served as a deputy prosecutor in Lake County and Marion County and was corporation counsel for the Indiana Secretary of State, in which capacity he drafted Indiana’s then-new not-for-profit corporation act.

Judge Friedlander’s many legal and community activities include service on the Indiana State Bar Association Board of Governors and as Chairman of its Young Lawyers Section; the Indiana Bar Foundation; the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors and Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, Linda, are current members of IU’s Herron School of Art advisory board.  He has two children and four grandchildren.

The Court of Appeals is Indiana’s second highest court. The 15-member Court is asked to consider about 4,000 cases per year and decides about 2,000 by majority opinion each year. Members are appointed from geographic districts but its three-judge panels do not sit by district.

Judge Friedlander represents the Court’s Second District, which comprises 19 central Indiana counties, including Marion, Hamilton, Madison and Tippecanoe counties.

{Photo of Judge Friedlander courtesy state of Indiana]

Source: Indiana Court of Appeals

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