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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||3/14/1984 - Present|
|Chief:||1994 - 2000|
|Preceded by:||Cale Holder|
|Home State:||Mishawaka, IN|
|Bachelors:||Indiana U., B.S., 1965|
|Law School:||American U., Washington College of Law, J.D., 1969|
Sarah Evans Barker is a federal 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.
Early life and education
Barker began her legal career as a legislative assistant to former Congressman Gilbert Gude in 1969 and for former Illinois U.S. Senator Charles Percy from 1969 to 1971. Barker then served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Government Operations Committee on the permanent Subcommittee on Investigations from 1971 to 1972 before becoming Director of Research, Scheduling, and Advancement for Charles Percy's 1972 re-election campaign. Later in 1972, Barker joined the United States Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 1972 to 1976. Barker later served as First Assistant U.S. Sttorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 1976 to 1977. From 1977 to 1981, Barker entered private practice in Indiana before being nominated by President Reagan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 1981.
Southern District of Indiana
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Dick 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 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. 
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Indiana foster care
On January 22, 2010, Judge Barker issued an order against the Indiana Department of Child Services from cutting state subsidies from foster parents and treatment centers fot helping out troubled children. The judge issued an injunction and also consolidated other cases which were aimed at stopping the State of Indiana from implementing service cuts as part of the state budget. There is no word if the Indiana Attorney General will appeal the ruling to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- List of judges of the Southern District of Indiana
- Judge Sarah Barker Federal Judicial Center Biography
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Indiana
|Magistrate judges||Tim Baker • Kennard P. Foster • William G. Hussman • Michael Naville • Craig McKee • Debra McVicker Lynch • Denise LaRue • Mark Dinsmore •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|