Miller, '80 and Shively, '80 Named to Bench


Two IU McKinney School of Law alumni were named to the bench in their respective counties in the waning days of Governor Mitch Daniels administration. Gary Miller, ’80, returns to the Marion Superior Court, and Les Shively, ’80, has been named to the Vanderburgh Superior Court.

Miller is taking the vacancy created when Judge Robyn Moberly, ’78 was appointed Bankruptcy Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in November 2012.

Miller has taught as an adjunct professor at the law school since 1992, teaching trial practice and professional responsibility.

While in law school, he worked as a bailiff in the Municipal and Circuit Courts. After graduation, he worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Miller left the prosecutor’s office in 1983 to join the law firm, Hollingsworth & Meek. He worked there until 1986 when the Indiana Supreme Court appointed him as a judge pro tem. He ran for the bench in 1990 and remained in office for three terms. He was a judge in the Criminal Division for 10 years before switching to the Civil Division. Miller left the bench in 2008 and since that time has been practicing law at MillerMeyer.

“I’m thrilled with the governor’s decision and I look forward to many years on the bench,” Miller said. “I like what I’m doing, it’s been a lot of fun, but I have a drive to be on the bench and when the opportunity presented itself, I had to submit an application.” He is targeting a February 1, 2013, start date.

This is Shively’s first appointment to the bench. He was the first student appointed to the Indiana University Board of Trustees, and he served from 1976-1977, appointed by then-Governor Otis Bowen. He served on the Indiana Board of Law Examiners from 2002-2011, and the Indiana State Student Assistance Commission from 1986-1989.

He developed an appreciation for public service early, working for two summers for the chief of staff for the Evansville mayor, former chief justice and Visiting Professor Randall T. Shepard.

“I did whatever he told me to!” Shively said laughing, and that included everything from helping transportation workers to formulate bus schedules to working with key players in Evansville city government. “I was certainly moving toward law school at that point.”

Shively says he has always aspired to a position in the judiciary, and after practicing law for 32 years, this opportunity to take the vacancy created when Judge David Kiely was elected to Vanderburgh Circuit Court was a good chance to combine his love of the law and public service.

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