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Posted on: Apr 12, 2017

By Clayton C. Miller, Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn LLP

The Indianapolis Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section has made a monetary contribution in memory of former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Roger O. DeBruler, who died on February 13, 2017 at age 82.

A native of Evansville, Justice DeBruler served on Indiana's highest court for nearly 28 years, from 1968 to 1996, following stints as a military intelligence officer in Germany and as a trial court judge in Steuben County.  He earned his law degree from the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington in 1960. Over the course his 10,174-day tenure on the high court – the third-longest in Indiana history – he authored 886 majority opinions and 590 dissents.

An "urban pioneer" in the formerly rundown Lockerbie Square neighborhood on the eastern edge of downtown Indianapolis, Justice DeBruler and his wife of 56 years saw many improvements to their surroundings during their 46 years together in the neighborhood, including to the historic James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home out their back door at 528 Lockerbie Street. The Appellate Practice Section has made this donation in memory of this esteemed jurist and to celebrate his life and distinguished career on the appellate bench.

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