Judge Friedman to seek re-election in 2020

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LaPorte Superior Court 4 Judge Greta S. Friedman has declared her intention to seek re-election in 2020.

Friedman, who was first appointed Magistrate in 2008 by the county’s judges, served in that role for seven years before being elected by voters to a six-year term as Superior Court 4 Judge in 2014 upon the retirement of Judge William J. Boklund.

The La Porte native says she’s particularly proud of her efforts in “building an outstanding team of professionals who have made this county’s Drug and Alcohol problem-solving court one of the premiere problem-solving courts in Indiana.” Friedman was recognized for her success in guiding LaPorte County’s Drug and Alcohol Court when she was chosen “Indiana Judge of the Year” in 2016 by the Indiana Criminal Justice Association. Two justices of the Indiana Supreme Court have been guest speakers at problem-solving court graduations, and the Indiana Supreme Court recently awarded a commendation plaque to the county’s Drug and Alcohol Problem Solving Court.

Friedman has also been instrumental in working with her fellow judges leading a team of court, probation and law enforcement professionals seeking to assist LaPorte County in complying with Supreme Court Rule 26, which she says will provide “more helpful risk assessments to determine which pre-trial detainees pose no threat and can be released prior to trial without having to post bond. Criminal Rule 26 should help reduce our jail population and ensure that only those who pose a threat of violence to others or are a flight risk are kept in jail awaiting trial.”

A 1977 La Porte High School graduate, Friedman obtained her bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1981 before graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1984. After serving as a staff attorney for six years at Legal Services in South Bend, providing legal assistance to older adults, she spent over a decade in private practice before her 2008 appointment as Magistrate for Judge Boklund.

Friedman has been significantly involved in community service in La Porte County, serving as past president and co-founding board member of Stepping Stone Domestic Violence Shelter in Michigan City. She’s a past president of La Porte Service League and is active in local community theatre, performing in various roles on the stages of both LaPorte Little Theatre and Michigan City’s Footlight Theatre. The first-term jurist also serves as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School, teaching intensive trial advocacy.

A member of the Praise Team at La Porte’s First United Methodist Church, Friedman is married to La Porte attorney Shaw Friedman. They have two children.

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