Judge Friedlander submits resignation to Gov. Pence

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – After 22 years on the bench and 50 years of legal practice, Court of Appeals Judge Ezra H. Friedlander submitted his resignation to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

According to the Court of Appeals of Indiana, Judge Friedlander’s resignation will go into effect Aug. 31. He said he submitted it now to give the governor and the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission enough time to find his replacement.

They said Judge Friedlander said he thought 50 years was a good time to resign.

“When you’ve done something for 50 years, it’s a good milestone,” he said.

Before his appointment he represented small businesses, served as a deputy prosecutor in Lake County and Marion County, was corporation counsel for the Indiana Secretary of State, and was involved in legal and community activities. He and his wife are current members of IU’s Herron School of Art advisory board.

Court of Appeals of Indiana said he joined them in January 1993 and was re-elected in 1996 and 2006. He has written 3,000 majority opinions and voted on more than 6,000 other cases.

Judge Friedlander represents the Court’s Second District which includes 19 Central Indiana counties, including Marion, Hamilton, Madison and Tippecanoe counties.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will release details about the process of filling Judge Friedlander’s position on March 2.