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Holcomb Announces Judicial Appointments For Hamilton, Porter And Tippecanoe Counties
Updated October 30, 2017 8:15 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced three judicial appointments today: He has appointed David K. Najjar to the Hamilton County Superior Court No. 5, Jeffrey W. Clymer to the Porter County Superior Court No. 2, and Sean M. Persin to the Tippecanoe County Circuit Court.

About David K. Najjar

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Najjar succeeds Judge Wayne A. Sturtevant, who retired in August 2017. Najjar was a deputy prosecuting attorney for Hamilton County between 1997 and 2005. In 2005, Najjar was appointed as a magistrate judge in Hamilton County, where he currently serves.

Najjar received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Najjar, through his 12 years as a magistrate judge, has demonstrated that he will decide cases fairly, impartially, and with respect for those who come before him.

About Jeffrey W. Clymer

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Clymer succeeds Judge William E. Alexa, who retired on October 3, 2017. Clymer began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in St. Joseph, Mich. After his clerkship, he worked in private practice in Valparaiso, handling a wide variety of cases, both civil and criminal. Clymer is an experienced mediator and has also been an adjunct law professor at Valparaiso Law School since 1999.

Clymer received his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College and his law degree from Valparaiso Law School. Clymer brings to the bench a deep understanding of a wide range of legal issues and skills to settle disputes in a fair and just manner.

About Sean M. Persin

Persin will succeed Judge Thomas H. Busch, who is retiring December 31, 2017. Persin has served as judge in Tippecanoe Superior Court No. 5 since his election to that office in 2015. Before that, he served for three years as a magistrate judge in Tippecanoe County. Persin was a deputy prosecuting attorney and was in private practice prior to becoming a judge. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette for nearly 10 years.

Persin, while serving as a magistrate, oversaw the alcohol and drug program in Tippecanoe County and continued to do so after becoming a superior court judge. He continues to work to address addiction issues and promote problem-solving courts.

He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Persin brings a wealth of experience, a keen sense of fairness, and compassion to the bench.

Judge Najjar, Clymer and Judge Persin will be sworn in on mutually agreeable dates to be determined.

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