Judicial Service

  • Senior Judge for Indiana Trial Courts, 2013 to 2018.
  • Trial Court Judge:  Superior Court, St. Joseph County, Indiana, 2000-2013   (Chief Judge 2009 – 2013).
  • Highest rated judge by the St. Joseph County Bar Association Annual Survey Evaluating Superior Court Judges for 5 consecutive years. 2008-2012.
  • Recipient of the Judicial Professionalism and Civility Award presented by the Litigation Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2007.
  • Chairperson of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, 2003 - 2007 and a member since 2001.
  • Mediation of civil cases, upon request and agreement of attorneys, as a Trial Court Judge.
  • Judicial Conference of Indiana faculty for judicial training.

Private Practice

  • Private Practice: Civil, Domestic Relations and Criminal Litigation, 1972-2000.
  • Co-Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the St. Joseph County Bar Association, 1996--2000.


  • Assistant Professor-Indiana University South Bend, 1989 through 2015.
  • Assistant Professor-University of Notre Dame Law School, 2001 through 2013


  • Certified Zoom Virtual Mediator by Resolute Systems, Inc. 2020
  • Registered Civil Mediator and Domestic Relations Mediator
  • Registered J.D. Law Degree, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1971.
  • B.A. Degree, Niagara University, 1968.


U.S. Army, 1971-1972