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Sarah Barker
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   3/14/1984-6/30/2014
Chief:   1994-2000
Senior:   6/30/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Cale Holder
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Mishawaka, Indiana
Undergraduate:   Indiana University, 1965
Law School:   American University, Washington College of Law, 1969

Sarah Evans Barker is a senior judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She joined the court in 1984 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Barker assumed senior status on June 30, 2014.[1][2]

Barker is the first woman to serve as a federal judge in Indiana.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Barker graduated from Indiana University with her bachelor's degree in 1965 and later from American University's Washington College of Law with her J.D. in 1969.[2]

Professional career

Judicial career

Southern District of Indiana

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Barker was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana by President Ronald Reagan on February 14, 1984, to a seat vacated by Judge Cale J. Holder. Barker was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 1984, and received commission on March 14, 1984. Barker served as the chief judge of the Southern District of Indiana from 1994 to 2000.[2]

Judge Barker commented on her decision to assume senior status:

It has been and continues to be an extraordinary privilege to serve as a federal judge in our Southern District. I have been the beneficiary of valuable, selfless guidance and support from many wonderful, highly talented colleagues, law clerks, court staff and lawyers, and most of all from my beloved husband, Ken, and our family.[3][4]
Judge Barker has long been a trailblazer in the legal community, from her initial appointment as the first woman Assistant United States Attorney, followed by becoming the first woman Federal Judge in Indiana, continuing to her current role as a member of the Court. In her thirty years as a district judge, she has bridged two judicial generations and provided valuable leadership and guidance to the bench and bar. We are very grateful for her continued service to the Court and the citizens of the Southern District of Indiana.

[4]

—Hon. Richard Young, Chief Judge, Southern District of Indiana[3]

Judge Barker assumed senior status on June 30, 2014.[1]

Notable cases

Indiana foster care budget cuts (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (The Indiana Association of Residential Child Care Agencies, et al. v. Indiana Department of Child Services, 1:09-cv-01574-SEB-DML)

On January 22, 2010, Judge Barker issued an order enjoining the Indiana Department of Child Services from cutting state subsidies from foster parents and treatment centers for helping out troubled children. The judge issued an injunction and also consolidated another suit by the same group of plaintiffs suing to stop the State of Indiana from implementing service cuts as part of the state budget. The Indiana Attorney General appealed the ruling to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in February of 2010.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Cale Holder
Southern District of Indiana
1984–2014
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
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