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Hon. Tanya M. Walton Pratt elected to Indiana State Bar Association board of governors

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October 22, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2015) – Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, Indianapolis, was elected to the board of governors of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) at its annual meeting in French Lick earlier this month. She will serve a two-year term, representing one of 13 districts in the state.

Judge Pratt was appointed judge of the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, on June 15, 2010. Judge Pratt is the first African-American federal judge in Indiana history. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Hon. David F. Hamilton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


From 2008 until her appointment to the bench of the District Court, Judge Pratt served as a judge in the Marion Superior Court, Probate Division. Previously, she served as presiding judge of Superior Court, Criminal Division 1, from Jan. 1, 1997 until Dec. 31, 2008. Prior to her election as judge, she was a partner at the Indianapolis firm Walton & Pratt, where she practiced in the areas of family law, personal injury, probate and criminal law. From 1994-96, she served as a master commissioner in the Marion Superior Court. Judge Pratt was also a public defender in Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division, for five years.


Judge Pratt is a member of the Indianapolis (past vice president), Marion County (member, board of directors) and Indiana State (member, House of Delegates; secretary, board of governors, 2009-10; past chair, Federal Judiciary Committee) bar associations, and the Federal Judges Association. She currently serves on the Seventh Circuit Pattern Civil Jury Instructions Committee and the Committee on Codes of Conduct for United States Judges. She has frequently served as faculty for ICLEF’s Annual Practice Skills Summit, the Indiana Judicial Conference, and for both the Indiana State and Indianapolis bar associations. Judge Pratt is also active in several legal education and civic organizations, including the Indianapolis American Inn of Court (Master) and advisory boards for the United Negro College Fund, Cathedral High School and Catholic Charities of Indianapolis.


Judge Pratt received her B.A. from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., in 1981 and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1984. She is married to Hon. Marcel A. Pratt Jr.



Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With nearly 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit


Media Contact: Carissa Long, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, ISBA, 800.266.2581,