Indianapolis Bar Association Judicial Survey

I recommend James B. Osborn for judicial office.

James B. Osborn

*Survey respondents were asked to comment only upon those candidates with whomthey have had direct professional contact within the last three years. All questions were optional.


Response
Response Total
Yes
95.5%
210
No
4.5%
10

Total Respondents*
220


How would you rate James B. Osborn on the following:
(Note: Total in parentheses indicates total respondents.)


1
(Strongly
Disagree)
2
3
4
5
(Strongly
Agree)
No
Opinion
This person is hard working.
1.8%
(4)
2.2% (5)
6.7% (15)
27.4% (61)
56.5% (126)
5.4% (12)
This person is well-prepared.

2.2%
(5)

0.4% (1)
11.2% (25)
27.2% (61)
55.8% (125)

3.1%
(7)

This person is efficient at case management.

2.2%
(5)

1.8% (4)
8.5% (19)
28.7% (64)
52.5% (117)
6.3% (14)
This person is ethical.

1.8%
(4)

0.5% (1)
8.6% (19)
22.5% (50)
63.1% (140)
3.6%
(8)
This person is impartial.

3.6%
(8)

1.8% (4)
9.9% (22)
25.1% (56)
56.1% (125)
3.6%
(8)
The person is correctly applies the law.

3.2%
(7)

3.2% (7)
11.3% (25)
25.7% (57)
54.1% (120)
2.7%
(6)
This person demonstrates the proper temperament and demeanor expected of a judge.
3.6%
(8)
3.2% (7)
9.9% (22)
24.3% (54)
58.1% (129)
0.9%
(2)


Education:
Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude,  Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 1993. Bachelor of Arts – U.S. History, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, 1982. Graduate, Indiana Graduate Program for Judges, 2011-2012.

Judicial Experience:
Entering sixth year as a judge of the Marion Superior Court.  Currently presiding over civil cases in Civil Court 14.  Presided over Class D felony cases in Criminal Court 15 from January, 2009 to December, 2012.

Significant Legal Accomplishments:
Elected to a two-year term as Associate Presiding Judge of the Executive Committee of the Marion Superior Courts (term ending in January 2015).  Co-authored Indiana Jury Trial Benchbook (State Jury Committee, 2013).  Prepared and presented CLE topics, including: Beware the Canon Fire: Ethical Considerations Related to Elections and Political Activities of Judicial Officers, Marion Superior Court Continuing Legal Education Program, 2013.  Indiana Decisions on Juries and Jury Trials.  Indiana Judicial Center 2013 Spring Judicial Conference. (Co-presenter).  Indigence Determinations.  2012 Indianapolis Bar Association Bench Bar Conference. (Co-presenter).  Named Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis  Bar Foundation (2013).

Other Legal Involvement:
Member, American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Marion County Bar Association, and National Conference of Metropolitan Courts. Committee member, State Jury Committee, Indiana Judicial Center (since 2009).  Committee member, Attorneys for an Independent Bench, Indianapolis Bar Association (2013).

Personal Statement:
A judge’s work isn’t limited to the courtroom. I have worked with other IndyBar members and judges to improve our judicial selection process, to apply uniform standards to the appointment of indigent counsel, and to defend the constitutional principle of access to the courts by publicly questioning the need for building a criminal justice center on the outskirts of the county.  In court, the rule of law endures only if those to whom it applies respect the results of its application.  Treating people fairly, impartially, and civilly is a necessity. Giving people a full opportunity to be heard is critical. Providing clear reasoning for a decision is essential. I take seriously the privilege I have been given as a judge to uphold the rule of law and I endeavor to apply these principles to ensure its preservation.