He adjudicated civil small claims cases such as debt collection, landlord-tenant issues, and property damage. On his criminal docket, he heard cases such as violations of motor vehicle laws, violations of disturbing the peace and minor property disputes. Often, he held peace bond hearings and issued peace bonds which are now known in modern-day as protective orders. Of course, he officiated at weddings. He was officiating at weddings before he was legally old enough to get married without parental consent.
His appointive term ended 31 December 1974. He won a contested primary and general election in 1974 to continue in an elective term.
Fourteen years after serving on the bench as a teenage judge, he started law school. Three years later, on 10 May 1992 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) by Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
On 14 June 1993 he was admitted to practice as a member of the bar of the Indiana Supreme Court. On 2 August 1996 has was duly admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the United States Supreme Court.
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