Court of Appeals Announces New Chief

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The Court of Appeals of Indiana has named Nancy Vaidik its next chief judge. She is a Portage native and will succeed Margaret Robb in January. October 24, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Court of Appeals of Indiana today selected Judge Nancy H. Vaidik to succeed Judge Margret G. Robb as the court's next chief judge. Chief Judge-Elect Vaidik's three-year term of office will start Jan. 1, 2014.

Judge Vaidik was appointed to the Court of Appeals in February 2000 and was retained by election in 2002 and 2012.

She will be just the second woman to serve the court as chief judge, following Judge Robb.

Judge Vaidik is a native of Portage and lives in Valparaiso. She has broad experience in both trial and appellate courts and in legal classrooms. As an attorney, she tried more than 75 jury trials and currently serves as national program director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She was judge of Porter Superior Court from 1992-2000 and before that worked as a deputy and chief deputy prosecutor in Porter County. Judge Vaidik also founded the Porter County Victims Assistance Unit, the Porter County Sexual Assault Recovery Project and the Valparaiso University Law School Mediation Clinic. She graduated from Valparaiso University and Valparaiso University Law School.

"I'm honored by the court's selection and proud of its work," Judge Vaidik said. "I'm also proud of my home region of Northwest Indiana and look forward to serving the entire state and our court as chief judge."

By law, the 15-member Court of Appeals elects a chief judge every three years. The chief judge represents the court at public and private events and ceremonies and serves as the court’s liaison to the legislative and executive branches.

The Court is the state's second highest court and hears appeals from state trial courts and administrative agencies. Sitting in three-judge panels, the court issues more than 2,000 opinions each year.

Source: The Court of Appeals of Indiana