Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has selected longtime Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Hogan Rush as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. Rush will replace Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., who retired in July.
The 54-year-old Judge Rush, of Lafayette, was elected to the bench in 1998 and has served since then in Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 in Lafayette. Her court focuses on juvenile cases, including guardianships, delinquencies, adoptions and protective order hearings. As the chair of the Indiana Juvenile Justice Improvement Committee, the governor's office says Judge Rush has also been involved with statutory and regulatory efforts to bring better and standardized child welfare practices to Indiana.
Sullivan, a South Bend native, is stepping down after nineteen years on the court to teach at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis