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Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Justice Lewis was born March 15, 1909, and died on September 24, 1985, in Indianapolis.
He graduated from DePauw University and the University of Chicago School of Law. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1932. He served as Marion County Prosecutor. He was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Branigan in 1967 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Walter Myers. He served on the Indiana Supreme Court from June 21, 1967 to January 9, 1969.
His most notable Indiana Supreme Court opinion abolished the doctrine of charitable immunity, which had declared charitable institutions not responsible for their torts, thus preventing injured plaintiffs from recovering damages.394
394. David Lewis Was State Chief Justice, INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, Sept. 25, 1985, at 28, reprinted in 94 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 121 (referring to Harris v. YWCA of Terre Haute, 237 N.E.2d 242 (Ind. 1968)).
Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.