Loretta Hogan Rush
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Tippecanoe County Superior Court III Judge Loretta Hogan Rush has become the only female now serving on the Indiana Supreme Court.
On Friday morning, Governor Mitch Daniels announced Loretta Hogan Rush will fill a vacancy on the court left by former Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., who retired in July.
Rush is now the only female on the previously all-male court. She is the second woman to ever serve on the state's highest court. Myra Selby surved on the court until 1999 after being appointed by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1995.
“In studying Judge Rush’s stellar legal and judicial career, hearing from a diverse multitude of her admirers, and observing her firsthand as she helped us bring reform and improvement to Indiana’s child welfare system, I concluded she is the best choice among a strong set of finalists,” said Daniels in a statement. “Her jurisprudential philosophy and her commitment to judicial restraint are firm and forthright. I have every confidence she’ll serve Indiana with the distinction we’ve come to expect from our Supreme Court.”
Rush, 54, has been the judge in Tippecanoe County Superior Court III since 1998. For the first 14 years of her career she was an associate and partner at Lafayette law firm Reiling, Teder, Withered, and Rush. She practiced family law, business, corporate, and probate cases.
The Lafayette resident earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University before going on to obtain a law degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.
She has been chair of the Indiana Court Improvement Program Executive Committee and the Indiana Supreme Court Judicial Technology and Automation Committee.
“I am honored to serve the people of our great state as the 108th Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court,” said Rush. “I intend to work with the other four justices to build on our Supreme Court’s record of excellence, integrity and respect for the law.”
Rush was selected from two other finalists, both males - Judge Steven R. Nation of Hamilton County Superior Court and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey G. Slaughter.