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February 22, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The Lake County Superior Court House in Gary will be named the Robert D. Rucker Building in honor of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker who is a Gary native.  The Lake County Commissioners voted in favor of naming the building at 15 W. 4th Avenue after Justice Rucker.  The building houses a number of Lake Superior Courts.Commissioner Roosevelt Allen said the February 17th vote, “Was a vote in recognition of the distinguished, exemplary career of Justice Rucker.  Black male role models such as President Obama and Justice Robert Rucker will inspire countless numbers of black males, both nationally and within our community, to aspire to greatness and help our nation to remain the pre-eminent country in the world.”

Justice Rucker grew up in Gary, Indiana and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of Indiana University (B.A. 1974) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 1976). In 1998, he earned a Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia Law School.

Justice Rucker is humbled by the honor from his hometown and explained, “As a young lawyer in private practice I made my way in and out that building on many occasions. I had the pleasure of arguing before Judge Gerald Svetanoff, the now deceased Judge James Danikolas, and even Judge James Moody before his appointment to the federal bench. Although it has been many years since I have worked in Lake County, I have always considered it home. It is a special honor to be thought of so highly by the people in my home community. I am deeply touched by their kindness.”

Robert Rucker is the 105th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.  He was appointed to the Court by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 1999. Prior to his appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Rucker served as a Judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals, having been appointed to that position in 1991 by Governor Evan Bayh.

As an attorney, Justice Rucker served on the board of directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and on the board of directors of the Northwest Indiana Legal Services Organization. He also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Lake County, City Attorney for the City of Gary, and practiced law in East Chicago.   He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Marion County Bar Association, and is a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.  Justice Rucker also serves as Chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. Justice Rucker and his wife Dr. Denise Rucker are the proud grandparents of thirteen grandchildren.

Contact: Kathryn Dolan


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