Marc Griffin J.D.Honor Code Signatory
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On February 19, 1974, at the young age of 17, he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace to fill a vacancy in White River Township, Johnson County, Indiana. This appointment was made by Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen, upon the nomination of the Board of Commissioners of Johnson County.
Guinness World Records has declared that he holds the record for being the world’s youngest judge.,,
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As a civil court judge, he presided over a variety of small claims cases, including debt collection, dishonored checks, landlord-tenant disputes, and property damage. In addition to his civil docket, he also heard misdemeanor criminal cases, such as violations of motor vehicle laws, disturbing the peace, shoplifting, and assault. One of his important duties was to hold surety of the peace hearings and issue peace bonds, which are now commonly known as protective orders.
Despite his busy court schedule, he also found time to solemnize marriages. In fact, he began officiating weddings before he was legally old enough to get married without parental consent. His appointive term came to an end on December 31, 1974. However, he was determined to continue serving his community and ran in a primary and general election that same year. He won contested primary and general elections in 1974 to continue in an elective term.
After serving as a teenage judge, he pursued his passion for law and enrolled in law school fourteen years later. His dedication and hard work paid off when he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) by Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on May 10, 1992.
On June 14, 1993, he was admitted to practice as a member of the bar of the Indiana Supreme Court. This was a significant milestone in his legal career, as it allowed him to practice law in the state of Indiana. On August 2, 1996, he was duly admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the United States Supreme Court.
His law office was in Greenwood, Indiana, about 3 miles from his old courtroom. Genealogy has been his hobby all his life. He is an avid WikiTreer. While researching his family tree, he discovered that several of his lineal ancestors also served as a Justice of the Peace in the early part of the 19th century in southern Indiana.
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