John M. Sedia
|John M. Sedia|
|Current Court Information:|
|Lake County, Indiana|
|Position:||Civil Division 1|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Mitch Daniels|
|Preceded by:||Jeffery J. Dywan|
|Past post:||Magistrate, Lake Superior Court Juvenile Division|
|Undergraduate:||Indiana University, 1976|
|Law School:||Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, 1979|
John M. Sedia is a judge for Civil Division 1 of the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana. He was appointed to this position by Governor Mitch Daniels to replace retiring Judge Jeffery J. Dywan in July 2012. His current term expires on December 31, 2014.
Before his appointment to the bench in 2012, Sedia worked as a magistrate for the juvenile division of Lake Superior Court. He has also been a partner with Tweedle & Sedia and served as a Lake County public defender in the juvenile division.
Awards and associations
- President, Lake County Bar Association
Sedia: right-to-work law is unconstitutional
Judge John M. Sedia of Lake County ruled on September 9 that the state's right-to-work law violates the Indiana constitution.
The law, which bans the collection of mandatory fees and requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues, was passed in 2012 after a tumultuous back-and-forth between members of the Indiana General Assembly. Despite periodic boycotts and a walkout of House Democrats during the legislative sessions, the state became the 23rd in the nation to put such an act in place.
Union lawyers immediately took to the courts, where they have since pushed to overturn the law. One such suit was filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, which expressed satisfaction with Sedia's ruling. President and business manager James M. Sweeney commented, "These laws are nothing but thinly veiled tools to weaken unions … We pledged on the day that this law was passed that they hadn't seen the last of us, and we are delighted with this ruling."
Sedia found that the law stood in violation of a constitutional provision prohibiting the delivery of services “without just compensation.” Though the ruling allows the law to remain in effect while a state supreme court appeal is pending, union supporters consider it a major victory. Of the five counts the union's complaint sought to dismiss, four were granted by the judge.here.)
- Schererville Community.com, "Governor appoints Sedia as Lake Superior Court judge," July 20, 2012
- Lake County Central Committee, 2013 Public Officials Directory
- Journal Gazette, "Judge finds right-to-work unconstitutional," September 10, 2013
- USA Today, "Indiana becomes Rust Belt's first right-to-work state," February 2, 2012