Chief Judge Margret Robb, '78, Honored with Torchbearer Award for Women


Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Margret RobbIndiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Margret Robb, ’78, was among the 14 women honored this year by the Indiana Commission for Women with the organization’s Torchbearer Award. In its 10th year, the award honors women chosen from nominations submitted statewide and calls attention to candidates who have made the state a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Judge Robb was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals in July 1998 by then-Governor Frank O’Bannon, and she was named Chief Judge of that court in early 2011, the first time a woman has held that position in the court’s more than 100-year history.

The Torchbearer isn’t the only honor Judge Robb has received. Among other honors, she has received: the Indianapolis Bar Association Women and the Law Committee’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, the David Hamacher Award from the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana University Alumni Association President’s Award, Indiana Lawyer Distinguished Barrister, the Tippecanoe County YWCA Salute to Women “Women of Distinction” Award, the Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Recognition Award, the Maynard K. Hine Distinguished Alumni award given in recognition of support and service to IUPUI and Indiana University, the Indiana State Bar Association’s “Celebrating 100 Years of Women in the Legal Profession” award, and she was a founding chair of then-Governor Otis Bowen’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Judge Robb holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business economics from Purdue University, and graduated magna cum laude from IU McKinney. She also is an alumna of the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges.

Prior to her appointment to the Court, Judge Robb practiced law in Lafayette, and served as a Chapter 11, 12 and a standing Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Northern District of Indiana. She also was a registered family and civil mediator and served as a Tippecanoe County Deputy Public Defender.

Also honored with a Torchbearer award for 2014 was Angela M. Espada, who worked at the law school from 1990-2009 and served as Assistant Dean of Admissions and later as Associate Dean for Student Services.

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