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Judge Michael Robbins Resigns, New Applicants Must Apply By Jan. 8th
Updated January 3, 2018 8:18 AM
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(BEDFORD) - The Office of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is accepting applications for position of judge in Lawrence County Superior Court 1.

Qualified applicants should complete and submit the judicial application no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

Judge Robbins, who has resigned from his position, has offered to stay until his successor can be appointed in order that the transition be as smooth as possible.

"The Supreme Court and Governor's office have accepted my offer and asked that I remain until that time. I have agreed," Judge Robbins says. "We all hope and expect the appointment process to fill out the final year of my current term will move expeditiously, and it appears that is the case. I'm hopefully that I can hand the court over to my successor by mid-February, at the latest. But that process is in the hands of the Governor's office."

Judge Robbins is founder of the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Coalition with the help of Indiana University and the School of Public Health and other community members.

"I firmly believe the work we have engaged in has reduced the incidence of family and domestic violence in our communities," he added. "Our work has definitively raised the awareness of the tragic and pervasive impact of domestic and family violence on our families and communities, and most critically on our children. Our goal was to raise the awareness and by doing so, stop the cycle of violence. While I continue to address domestic violence cases as judge, the treatment, the awareness, even the language about DV, has dramatically changed, in a very positive way. I firmly believe that change is because of the work of this group!"

Additionally, and importantly, because of the Coalition's work, Judge Robbins and other officials developed the first ever Domestic Violence Problem Solving Court. The court currently has 13 participants, and have had up to 20 in the program."

"The impact the program has had on the lives of children and family members of the participants is simply immeasurable," he says. "Again, credit goes to the Coalition laying the foundation."

Robbins, who began his professional career in Bedford as a middle school teacher for the North Lawrence Community Schools Corp., practiced law for nine years at two Bedford law firms, Robbins & Haury and Skinner & Robbins. He worked in the private practice from 1972 to 1974 when he was elected Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney serving one term.

Robbins earned his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.

He then returned to private practice until 1983, when he joined his brother, Patrick, in heading ConvaCare Services, Inc. The brothers sold the business in 1999.

Since leaving ConvaCare, Robbins has served as a director of two businesses, Jasper Wood Products Co. and Contacts Metal and Welding Inc. of Indianapolis.

Robbins serves as the Lawrence County representative on the board of directors for the Wonderlab Science Museum, as well as a Lawrence County board member for the Continuity of Care Corp. of Bloomington Hospital. From 1978-2000, he was a member of the board of directors for the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Robbins was appointed judge in 2002 replacing Judge Ray Kern. He was elected to a full term in 2006 and has served since.

Applications should be returned to the Governor's Office via email at or by hard copy at Governor's Office, Attn: Joseph R. Heerens, State House Room 206, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

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