Judicial Retention

Indiana Judicial Retention 2016

Several Indiana judges are on the 2016 general election ballot for retention votes.  Below is summary information for each judicial retention candidate for your review prior to casting your vote. The Indiana Right to Life PAC is opposing the retention of these candidates.

Judge Edward W. Najam, Jr.

Court of Appeals of Indiana, District 1
Edward W. Najam, Jr., of Bloomington, Monroe County, is Presiding Judge of the First District, which includes 53 counties in central and southern Indiana. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Evan Bayh in 1992 and retained by the electorate in 1996 and 2006. Judge Najam graduated from Indiana University High School in Bloomington, where he grew up. He attended Indiana University-Bloomington, where he earned a B.A. in political science, With Highest Distinction, in 1969. Judge Najam earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1972. Najam ruled parents cannot recover damages in the death of an unborn child under Indiana case law even if the fetus might have been able to survive outside the womb. MORE
Judge Patricia A. Riley

Court of Appeals of Indiana, District 4
Patricia A. Riley was named to the Court of Appeals of Indiana by Governor Evan Bayh in January of 1994. A native of Rensselaer, Indiana, Judge Riley earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1971 and her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1974. Early in her career she served as a Deputy Prosecutor in Marion County and a public defender in Marion and Jasper counties before entering into private practice in Jasper County. She served as a judge of the Jasper Superior Court from 1990 to 1993. She is a former associate professor at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.
Judge James S. Kirsch

Court of Appeals of Indiana, District 2
Kirsch was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh James S. Kirsch was appointed to the Court of Appeals in March 1994 and served as Chief Judge from March 1, 2004 to February 28, 2007. A native of Indianapolis, Judge Kirsch is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis (J.D., cum laude, 1974) and Butler University (B.A. with honors, 1968). Judge Kirsch served as Judge of the Marion Superior Court from 1988 to 1994 and as presiding judge of the court in 1992. From 1974 to 1988, he practiced law with the firm of Kroger, Gardis & Regas in Indianapolis in the areas of commercial and business litigation.
Judge Terry A. Crone

Court of Appeals of Indiana, District 3
Terry A. Crone was appointed to The Court of Appeals in 2004 by Governor Kernan. Raised in South Bend, Judge Crone was elected to 3 terms as Judge of the St. Joseph Circuit Court. He is a graduate of DePauw University and Notre Dame Law School. Judge Crone is past President of St. Joseph County Bar Association, a former member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association, the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, past chair of Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. Ruled Planned Parenthood need not deliver documents on minors to the Attorney General in the AG’s investigation into whether Planned Parenthood is properly reporting child sexual abuse in Indiana.


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