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Howard Edwin Petersen, American judge. Bar: Iowa 1958, Illinois 1961, Indiana 1962, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1969; registered private judge. Recipient 1st prize Northwestern University Nathan Burkan Contest, 1958.


Petersen, Howard Edwin was born on July 21, 1932. Son of Harry W. and Edith L. (Speer) Petersen.


AB, Augustana College, 1954. Postgraduate, University Illinois, 1955. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1958.


Associate Kopf & Christiansen, 1958-1961, Vail, Mills, Winters & Prince, Decatur, Illinois, 1961-1962. Private practice LaGrange and Shipshewana, Indiana, 1962-1979. Attorney LaGrange County, 1972-1978.

Judge 35th Judicial Circuit, LaGrange, 1980-1995, temporary judge, since 1995. Commissioner labor State Indiana, since 1996. Panel arbitrators American Arbitration Association, 1975.

Town attorney Shipshewana, 1965-1979. Attorney Topeka (Indiana), 1968-1976, Wolcottville (Indiana), 1970-1979, LaGrange, 1973-1975. Counsel LaGrange County Area Planning Commission, 1969-1979, LaGrange County Park and Recreation Board, 1970-1979.

Adjunct moot court judge, professor Notre Dame University, since 1996.


  • Bar: Iowa 1958, Illinois 1961, Indiana 1962, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1969. Registered private judge.


Associate James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association, since 1965. Finance chairman Girl Scouts of the Singing Sands, 1968-1970. Trustee Lakeland School Corporation, 1970-1979, vice president, 1976-1979, president, 1978.

Alderman City of Davenport, 1959-1960. Member LaGrange County Republican Party. Chairman Young Representatives, 1962-1964, chairman finance, 1968-1974, precinct committeeman, 1975-1979.

Legislation chairman LaGrange County Mental Health Association, since 1972. With Iowa Air National Guard, 1958-1962. Member American Bar Association (criminal justice section, juvenile justice committee, family law section, co-chair family courts committee, member litigation secretary, member editorial committee Trial Practice Newsletter and Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter), National Association Counsel for Children, American Society Law, Medicine and Ethics Foundation, Indiana Bar Association (house of deals 1968-1984, 89—, legal ethics committee since 1977), Indianapolis Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, LaGrange County Bar Association (past president), National Conference Juvenile and Family Court Judges (advisory committee judicial response to disproportionate incarceration of minority youth in American, bias committee, legal medical issues committee), Indiana Judges Association, Indiana Judicial Conference Improvement (juvenile laws committee 1981-1987, judicial ethics committee 1988-1995).


Married Mary Catherine Brown, December 27, 1959. Children: Holly, Sarah, Meg, Martha.

Harry W. Petersen

Edith L. (Speer) Petersen

Mary Catherine Brown

Holly Petersen

Sarah Petersen

Meg Petersen

Martha Petersen