Indianapolis Bar Association Judicial Survey

I recommend Therese A. Hannah for judicial office.

Therese A. Hannah

*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
93.9%
62
No
6.1%
4

Total Respondents*
66


How would you rate Therese A. Hannah 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.

0.0%

(0)

1.5% (1)
8.8% (6)
26.5% (18)
60.3% (41)

2.9%

(2)

This person is well-prepared.

1.5%

(1)

0.0% (0)
7.4% (5)
22.1% (15)
66.2% (45)

2.9%

(2)

This person is efficient at case management.

0.0%

(0)

2.9% (2)
7.4% (5)
26.5% (18)
54.4% (37)

8.8%

(6)

This person is ethical.

0.0%

(0)

0.0% (0)
4.4% (3)
22.1% (15)
67.6% (46)

5.9%

(4)

This person is knowledgeable of rules of evidence, procedure and substantive law.

4.4%

(3)

1.5% (1)
5.9% (4)
22.1% (15)
55.9% (38)
10.3% (7)
The person is has sufficient trial experience.

8.8%

(6)

8.8% (6)
5.9% (4)
19.1% (13)
44.1% (30)
13.2% (9)
This person demonstrates the proper temperament and demeanor expected of a judge.

1.5%

(1)

1.5% (1)
9.0% (6)
17.9% (12)
67.2% (45)

3.0%

(2)



Education:

1979-Indiana University- Purdue University at Indianapolis, B.A. Political Science, History; 1982- Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Indiana University.

Judicial Experience:
Therese is a candidate for Marion County Circuit Court.  She has had the privilege of serving for the past five years as Special Master on the Marion Civil 2 Mass Tort Docket, which consists primarily of asbestos cases.  Additionally, Therese has served as a Judge Pro Tem on the Civil 2 bench on numerous occasions.   During this time she has had the privilege of presiding over the full array of cases that are assigned to the court’s docket.

Significant Legal Accomplishments:
Therese’s legal career began with a small firm on the east side of Indianapolis. There she gained broad experience in a general practice with work ranging from small claims court cases, to family law, to insurance subrogation and defense work.  Next, she gained an appellate perspective on the law while serving as a clerk to the Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, Paul Buchanan.  During a hiatus from the legal profession while raising her six children, Therese taught in the paralegal program at Ivy Tech Community College.  Also during this period, Therese worked in the Anthem Insurance Companies litigation department. Therese resumed her career five years ago when she was hired as the Civil 2, Special Master.  Since coming to the Court, Therese has worked successfully to reduce the large backlog of pending motions and cases.  The Court had 1,745 pending cases in 2009.  At present, the Court has fewer than 200 cases.   This was done through her consistent and diligent ruling on pending motions and by increasing the number of cases set for trial by 50%.   

Other Legal Involvement:
Therese has served as the chair of the IndyBar E-Filing Local Rules Committee for the past three years.  She also serves as a representative on the Indiana Supreme Court E-Filing Ad Hoc Committee.  Therese is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the St. Thomas More Society.  She enjoys serving as a moot court judge at the McKinney School of Law and visiting with local schools for the “Lincoln as a Lawyer” and for “Constitution Day” programs.   

Personal Statement:
I bring much “life experience” to the Court.  My background in private practice, as an appellate court clerk, and as a judicial officer has prepared me for the spectrum of cases heard by Circuit Court.  Additionally, I believe in doing the right thing for the right reason.  As Circuit Court judge I will increase child support collections, increase the court’s efficiency by expanding the use of e-filing, and build a strong team to conduct the court’s work in a fair and courteous fashion.  Additionally, I take seriously the Circuit Court’s responsibilities to Paternity Court, the Marion County Small Claims Courts, and its Constitutional courthouse administrative duties.  I would conduct these responsibilities in a respectful yet responsible fashion.