By Maureen Hayden
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Sep 25, 2012, 03:54 PM EDT
That was the word uttered time and again, with an exclamation point for emphasis, when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced he'd picked a woman to sit on what's been the all-male Indiana Supreme Court.
Daniels' decision to appoint Tippecanoe County Judge Loretta Rush to the state's high court is history-making for a state with a big gender gap in its judiciary. Rush is only the second woman to sit on the court in its nearly 200-year history. Much has been and will be made of the fact that Rush is a woman. It should be.
There is a disproportionately low number of women on the bench in our lower courts as well: Only about 20 percent of the state trial court judges are women. But just as Daniels' prior two selections for the top court - Mark Massa and Steve David - are more than just their gender, Rush should be noteworthy for her work as well. Those who know her best praise her for her work as a juvenile court judge who has called on her community to help her help their most vulnerable and the most troubled children. She's reached out to schools, churches, community and business groups - to anyone she could find - to make the case that it's a shared responsibility to make sure no child is left behind.
Her "judicial activism" - in the best sense of the phrase - is even more compelling given a harrowing personal experience. In November 1998, a deeply troubled young man kicked open the door of her home and tried to kill her husband. She sustained injuries while protecting the couple's three children.
Rush knew the assailant: A decade earlier, as a lawyer in private practice, she was appointed by the court to act as his legal advocate - what's called a guardian ad litem.
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