Indiana’s First Female Chief Justice Sworn In

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Summary: Loretta H. Rush was sworn in as the first female Chief Justice in Indiana. Rush had worked as a lawyer for 15 years, before joining the bench as a Tippecanoe County Superior Court Judge. She joined the state Supreme Court in 2012 as the second female justice to have served there.

On Monday, Indiana's first female Chief Justice, Loretta H. Rush was sworn into office. Rush's selection was announced earlier this month by the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission. The vote of the Commission was unanimous. Rush would be replacing Brent Dickson, who had been Chief Justice since 2012. She is married with four children and enjoys both work and family life with the same reverence.

Before joining the bench, Rush spent 15 years in general legal practice, eventually becoming a partner at a law firm in Lafayette.

Justice Rush was a juvenile court judge in Tippecanoe County and served for 14 years in Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 in her early career. There, she helped to create the county's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She also helped implementing a certified juvenile drug treatment court and started a twenty-four-hour assessment center for youth. During her tenure in the Tippecanoe County she helped to start, grow, and sustain more than 25 programs for youths.

In 2003, Rush received the Kinsey Award for Juvenile Judge of the Year. She has earned numerous other recognitions including being selected as one of Indianapolis Business Journal's 2013 "Women of Influence." She also received the Fiscal Responsibility Award by the Tippecanoe County Council and Commissioners in 2001.

Rush was first appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mitch Daniels in September 2012. She is the 108th Supreme Court Justice to take office in Indiana. She is the second female justice to sit on the state Supreme Court in Indiana (Myra Selby served from 1995-1999), and now the first female Chief Justice.

Loretta H. Rush earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Currently, she is also a member of the law school's Board of Visitors.

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