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Retirement Celebration To Honor Justice Robert Rucker
Updated May 4, 2017 8:16 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - A retirement celebration for Justice Robert D. Rucker will take place on Monday, May 8th at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the Supreme Court Courtroom.

The celebration will be webcast at

Justice Rucker is Indiana's 105th Supreme Court justice. He will step down from the bench on May 12th, after 26 years of service. He was appointed in 1991 to the Court of Appeals and then appointed to the Supreme Court in 1999.

During his career, he authored more than 1,200 opinions and served with 31 appellate judges.

On April 19, the Judicial Nominating Commission selected the Hon. Vicki Carmichael, the Hon. Christopher Goff, and the Hon. Matthew Kincaid as the nominees named to the Governor to fill the vacancy.

Robert D. Rucker was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Frank O'Bannon in 1999.

Born in Canton, Georgia, Justice Rucker grew up in Gary, Indiana, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He is a graduate of Indiana University (B.A. 1974) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 1976). In 1998, he earned a Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia Law School.

Prior to his appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Rucker served as a Judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals, having been appointed to that position in 1991 by Governor Evan Bayh. While on the Court of Appeals, Justice Rucker served as vice-chair of the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. As a lawyer, Justice Rucker served on the board of directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and on the board of directors of the Northwest Indiana Legal Services Organization. He also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Lake County, City Attorney for the City of Gary, and engaged in the general practice of law in East Chicago.

Justice Rucker is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Marion County Bar Association, the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Justice Rucker also served as the 2009-2010 Chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association.

Justice Rucker and his wife Dr. Denise Rucker are the proud grandparents of seventeen grandchildren.

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