Governor Mike Pence announced the appointment of Elizabeth C. Hurley to the St. Joseph Superior Court. The appointment of Hurley will fill an upcoming vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court that will occur on March 31, 2013 when Judge Roland W. Chamblee, Jr. retires.
"I'm pleased to appoint Elizabeth Hurley to the St. Joseph Superior Court where she has already proven to be a valuable part of the court system," said Governor Mike Pence. "She has the character, life experiences and professional skills that make her a good fit for the position. Undoubtedly, Judge Hurley will continue to be a strong leader when she assumes her new role as Superior Court Judge."
Hurley is well known for her courageous fights in the courtroom against child predators. She recently assumed her current position as St. Joseph Circuit Court Magistrate Judge on January 2, 2012, after she was appointed by Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch.
Hurley's career also includes nine years in the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office in child support, family violence special victims unit, and major crimes divisions. She spent five years in private practice handling family law, appeals and general civil litigation. Hurley serves on the Violence Fatality Review Team and Bench and Bar Committee and Civility Subcommittee of St. Joseph County Bar Association.
Hurley graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Villanova University with an English major and minors in French and Political Science. She earned her J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School.
The St. Joseph County Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission submitted Hurley's name along with four others to Governor Pence for his consideration and appointment.