Indianapolis Bar Association Judicial Survey
|This person is hard working.|
|1.9% (3)||6.3% (10)||29.4% (47)||55.6% (89)|
|This person is well-prepared.|
|0.6% (1)||7.5% (12)||31.4% (50)||54.7% (87)|
|This person is efficient at case management.|
|2.5% (4)||6.3% (10)||29.1% (46)||51.3% (81)||9.5% (15)|
|This person is ethical.|
|0.0% (0)||3.8% (6)||23.1% (37)||63.8% (102)||6.3% (10)|
|This person is knowledgeable of rules of evidence, procedure, and substantive law.|
|4.4% (7)||11.3% (18)||25.6% (41)||53.8% (86)|
|The person has sufficient trial experience.|
|2.5% (4)||8.3% (13)||22.9% (36)||52.2% (82)||11.5% (18)|
|This person demonstrates the proper temperament and demeanor expected of a judge.|
|1.9% (3)||9.4% (15)||25.0% (40)||59.4% (95)|
University Of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, B.A. (Political Science); and University Of Notre Dame, J.D.
Christina has been a Master Commissioner with the Marion County Superior Courts since January, 2009. She began at the Arrestee Processing Center handling initial hearings for misdemeanor and D felony cases. In August of 2009, she moved to Criminal Court 5 under presiding Judge, Grant Hawkins, handling a major felony caseload. She went on to expand her duties to include two sessions each week in Misdemeanor Court 10 (Judge Linda Brown) and three sessions each week in Civil Court (Civil 14 with Judge Osborn and Civil 12 with Judge Welch). Christina has handled numerous major felony and misdemeanor Jury trials, Court trials, sentencing hearings, motions practice, post-conviction relief hearings and probation violations. In civil court, Christina’s judicial time varies from domestic relations matters to general civil litigation including summary judgment hearings, mortgage foreclosures and ordinance violations.
Significant Legal Accomplishments:
Prior to accepting her position as a Master Commissioner, Christina worked for Marion County Public Defender’s Office in a variety of capacities. She worked her way through the court system handling over a thousand domestic violence matters, d felony cases and major felony drug cases as a trial attorney. She went on serve as an appellate lawyer writing major felony appeals and was honored to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court in Boyle v. State on issues regarding the application of Blakely. In addition to her appellate work, Christina worked on a contract basis handling civil judgment work.
Other Legal Involvement:
Christina served as a member of the Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Board prior to being appointed as a Commissioner. She has been an active member of the Indianapolis Bar Association having served on the Young Lawyers Division executive committee and was the liaison to the State Bar’s Young Lawyer’s section as a member of their board. She later became the Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division and had an opportunity to sit on the Indianapolis Bar Associations Board of Directors in that capacity. Christina also sits on the Criminal Justice Section executive committee and just concluded as the Chair of that section (2013). Christina has been a member of the Bench Bar Steering Committee on three occasions including the 2014 steering committee now in progress.
Having been a Master Commissioner for the last 5 years, I know firsthand the enormous power judges have in the lives of everyday people who come before the courts. We have the power to dissolve marriages, take away homes, take away freedom. I make every decision with the utmost care always with an eye as my role as a public servant. I believe in treating people and lawyers with respect, understanding that each of us has a role to play in ensuring our system of justice produces the right results.