Huh? I never would never have agreed to that. I did not know the IBA planned on doing a survey of its members when it requested information from me. I was told before I filed to run that the time period for doing the IBA survey was long over. I am totally cool with that. While there are many great attorneys who are part of the IBA, those surveys can be extremely political and are not remotely scientific. When those in power want to run down a candidate, they organize to get negative surveys about a candidate sent in. The fact I did not go through slating all but assures there is going to be a concerted effort by those in power to get me a bad rating that they can use as part of a negative campaign against me.
That's exactly why I would have never participated in an IBA survey of the judicial candidates. I am deeply unhappy that I was misled, either intentionally or unintentionally, into why this information was being requested from me. The IBA should not allow itself to be used as part of a political effort to undermine my candidacy.
I would ask that the IBA cease doing a post-deadline "survey" of my candidacy.
For the record, here's the information I provided for the website:
1983-Ball State University, B.S. Political Science; 1987-Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, J.D.
Clerked for the late Judge Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. of the Indiana Court of Appeals from November 1989 through January 1993. Clerked for Judge Ezra Friedlander of the Indiana Court of Appeals from January 1993 through May 1993.
Significant Legal Accomplishments
Prior to clerking at the Indiana Court of Appeals, I was a Deputy Attorney General. In that capacity, I represented the State in eminent domain and employment matters. I have also been general counsel for a title insurance agency, served as head of Indiana's Title Insurance Division, and worked in private practice for two law firms and also as a sole practitioner. public's property from the RCA Dome, and litigation to address the illegality of practices involving Indiana's civil forfeiture law.
Other Legal Involvement
While in law school, I was Editor of the law school newspaper, the Dictum, and President of the Student Bar Association. As a practicing attorney, I have strongly advocated reform of the legal profession and the operation of the courts. This includes in recent years using my blog Ogden on Politics to speak out on such topics as the need to curtail attorney abuse of the discovery process, problems with the Marion County Small Claims Courts, and my strong opposition to the establishment of another law school, Indiana Tech, which is not needed given the saturated legal job market and depressed associate salaries.Personal Statement
I believe judges should do more in terms of embracing technology and making courts more conventient for litigants and their attorneys. This includes communication with attorneys via email and perhaps allowing filing through electronic mail.I would hold court during the evening at least one day a week to accommodate litigants who have difficult work conflicts.I also plan to schedule bench trials within six months and jury trials within nine months of a request for trial.Finally, I believe in strict adherence to the rules prohibiting judges from weighing the evidence when considering summary disposal of cases. Far too many cases are improperly dismissed without the litigant receiving his or her day in court.