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During her time as magistrate, Friedman served as a member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges’ Association. As magistrate, she was instrumental in helping set up LaPorte County’s Problem-Solving (Drugs/DUI) Court. She’s a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and is a graduate of Indiana’s Graduate Program for Judges and the Indiana Judicial College. She’s furthered her education at the National Judicial College with courses in DWI and 4th Amendment search and seizure issues.
She is a former member of the Indiana Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and a member of the Indiana Judicial Probation Committee.
Before being named magistrate in 2008, Friedman worked in private practice and had jury trial experience in both state and federal courts. Prior to her time in private practice, she spent around six years as an attorney with the Legal Services Program of Northern Indiana with a practice focus on issues affecting older adults.
During her time on the bench, Friedman received a Distinctive Recognition Award for outstanding achievement in the field of justice from the LaPorte County Drug Free Partnership. A native of LaPorte, Friedman earned her undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and her law degree from Valparaiso University Law School in 1984.
Friedman has been significantly involved in community service in LaPorte County, including serving as past president and co-founding board member of Stepping Stone Domestic Violence Shelter in Michigan City. She’s a past president of LaPorte Service League and was named by then-Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon to chair the Indiana Film Commission.
She is married to LaPorte attorney Shaw Friedman. They have two children.