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Clerk of the Appellate Courts
200 W. Washington St.
216 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(Presiding Judge, Second District)
416 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ezra H. Friedlander was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Evan Bayh in January 1993. A native of New Jersey, Judge Friedlander graduated from Indiana University in 1962 with a BA in History and Government. He earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1965.
Judge Friedlander practiced law for 27 years before being appointed to the bench. His practice was primarily in the area of civil law, but he also served as a deputy prosecutor in Lake and Marion counties and as corporate counsel to the Secretary of State.
Judge Friedlander is former co-chairman of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. He is a member of the Indiana State and American Bar associations; American Judicature Society; and the Indiana Judges Association. He is a graduate of New York University’s Appellate Judges Institute of Judicial Administration. Judge Friedlander is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Bar Association and past chair of its Young Lawyers Section. He is also a Fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation. He has previously been active in the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division (Standing Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary) as well as many other areas of the bar, including the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
Judge Friedlander stays actively involved at his alma mater by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Foundation. Judge Friedlander was honored by the IU School of Law as a member of its Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Judge Friedlander also remains actively involved in Hamilton County community efforts. He was a member of the local organizing committee for the 1991 PGA Championships, the 2005 Solheim Cup, the 2002 World Basketball Championships; and is a founder of the Carmel Youth Soccer Association.
Judge Friedlander, who was retained on the Court of Appeals by non-partisan retention election in 1996 and 2006, is married and has two children and four grandchildren.