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Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush receives ISBA Women in the Law Award

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Aug. 30, 2017


Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush receives ISBA Women in the Law Award


INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30, 2017) – Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush received the Community Service Award from the Indiana State Bar Association at its annual awards luncheon in Indianapolis on Aug. 30. This award recognizes individuals who have assisted in the advancement of women in the legal profession, served as a role model or mentor or have influenced women to pursue a career in law.


Chief Justice Rush took the oath of office as Indiana's 108th Supreme Court Justice in November 2012 after being appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The Judicial Nominating Commission named her Chief Justice in August 2014. The Court reviews about 1,000 cases a year, holds 70 oral arguments and hands down about 100 opinions.


As Chief Justice, Rush is responsible for supervising the entire judicial branch. The Court’s administration and funding for programs ranges from language interpreters, technology improvements, strengthening families, funding for access to the courts, judicial training, and much more. Recently, the Court reorganized its agencies into a single administrative office to increase efficiency and communication, and it launched e-filing to improve access and efficiency.


She chairs or is a member of several commissions, including the multi-branch Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, the Judicial Nominating/Qualifications Commission and the Conference for Legal Education Opportunity. Chief Justice Rush is a member of the American, Indiana State (member, Leadership Development Academy Committee), Indianapolis, Tippecanoe County and Marion County bar associations, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves on the Conference of Chief Justices Board of Directors.


Chief Justice Rush received the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, the Purdue University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission Spirit of Justice Award, and the Indiana Business Journal Women of Influence Award. 


Prior to her appointment, she spent 15 years at a Lafayette law firm and was elected three times to serve as judge of the Tippecanoe Superior Court 3. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved frequently as a child before settling in Indiana in 1972. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her law degree from the I.U. Maurer School of Law. She is married with four children and two grandchildren and she enjoys cooking, biking, reading and volunteering for her church and community.




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, ISBA Director of Public Relations & Social Media, 800.266.2581,