By Kathryn Dolan | Chief Public Information Officer, Office of Communication, Education, and Outreach
In September 2018, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush was named the 2018 Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She was officially honored during the Chamber’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner on November 13.
Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar offered praise when announcing Rush as the award recipient. “From administrative restructuring and establishment of Indiana’s commercial courts to her focus on trying to protect young people from becoming innocent victims of the actions of others, she is a true leader for Indiana and beyond.”
The Indiana Chamber pointed to Chief Justice Rush’s work supervising the state judicial branch including securing funding for various initiatives, implementing e-filing, developing commercial courts, and serving as co-chair of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force.
Former Chief Justice Randall Shepard (1987-2012), who was a previous recipient of the Government Leader award, noted his successor’s innovative approach to projects. “The bench and bar in our state widely agree that Loretta Rush’s leadership as chief justice is key to building a better court system for Indiana’s future.”
All four of Chief Justice Rush’s colleagues on the high court were at the celebration dinner, along with Supreme Court managers. Chief Justice Rush accepted the award and asked her colleagues to stand and share in the recognition.