INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday named a veteran litigator who has personally handled more than 400 appellate cases to a vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Leanna Weissmann has been practicing law in Dearborn County the last 25 years and replaces Judge John Baker on the 15-member appellate court, which is now almost evenly split between seven women and eight men.
As a lawyer who primarily handled appeals of lower court cases for her clients, Weissmann has a long history with the appellate court. She said that she hopes to pick up where her predecessor, Baker, left off and continue providing good service to Hoosiers.
“Leanna Weissmann is a legal scholar who will bring her keen intellect and wide range of expertise to the court,” Holcomb said. “She is a dedicated practitioner with a deep commitment to her community and all Hoosiers. She will serve honorably and justly on the Court of Appeals.”
Holcomb made the announcement in a virtual news conference.
As a lawyer in private practice, Weissmann has handled a range of cases including criminal law, family law, and commercial and business law. Following law school, Leanna clerked for Justice Robert D. Rucker, who was then on the Court of Appeals.
In addition to her work in private practice, Weissmann has been a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and is an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg where she teaches four legal classes each semester. She previously served on the board of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
Weissmann earned two bachelor’s degrees at Indiana University, and a law degree at the IU McKinney School of Law.
Holcomb selected Weissmann from among three finalists, all of whom were women.
Weissmann and her husband, Bob, have three children.
The Indiana Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court which hears civil, state agency and criminal cases in panels of three.
Thomas Samuel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.