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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by:||Cale Holder|
|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.
Early life and education
- 1981-1984: U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Indiana
- 1977-1981: Attorney in private practice
- 1976-1977: First assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of Indiana
- 1972-1976: Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of Indiana
- 1971-1972: Special counsel, United States Committee on Government Operations
- 1969-1971: Legislative assistant for Senator Charles Percy
- 1969: Legislative assistant for Congressman Gilbert Gude
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.
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.||”|
|“||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.||”|
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.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- The Republic, "Longest-serving federal judge in Indianapolis to scale back duties, opening door for new judge," April 1, 2014
- Sarah Evans Barker biography from the Federal Judicial Center, accessed April 4, 2014]
- Indianapolis Business Journal, "After 30 years, Judge Barker to dial back caseload," March 31, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Indiana Lawyer, "DCS to appeal injunction on rate cuts," February 19, 2010
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