Honoring Veterans and the Employers Who Hire Them- Judge Wendy Davis

November 04, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Ramada Plaza and Conference Center
305 E Washington Center Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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Judge Wendy Davis

Judge Davis took the bench in 2011.  Judge Davis presides over felony criminal cases, and was the Chief Judge, a two-year term, in 2014-2015.  Judge Davis brought the HOPE Probation Program to Allen Superior Court, which has been instrumental in reducing recidivism by non-violent, low level drug offenders, through positive behavioral change for those under court supervision.  She has been committed to the rehabilitation of drug addicts by closely monitoring their addiction treatment while under her jurisdiction and supervision.  Through HOPE, any violation while on community supervision, results in strict and swift circumstances, which includes hearings in front of Judge Davis for accountability.  Judge Davis distinguishes these types of offenders from the violent, high level drug dealers and offenders, to which she is committed to keep off the streets of Fort Wayne once convicted.

Judge Davis was appointed by the Supreme Court to the state Judicial Probation Committee where she served as the Chairperson until 2017. She continued her work to reduce recidivism around the State with other Indiana Judges.  Judge Davis also currently serves with Chief Justice Rush on the ICLEO (Indiana Continuing Legal Education Opportunity) Commission which promotes and recruits minorities into the legal profession and helps to allow them to excel in law school and the legal profession in order to bring greater diversity in the Indiana Bar. Additionally, Judge Davis presented at the 2016 United States Conference of Mayors and the 2016 IN Criminal Justice Association (ICJA) on her work in reducing recidivism in Indiana and Allen County.  Most recently, the Supreme Court appointed Judge Davis as a Hearing Officer for attorney disciplinary and ethical matters.

In 2015, Governor Mike Pence appointed Judge Davis to the newly established Indiana “Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention” wherein she, along with other state officials and law enforcement, helped to implement State-wide solutions to the overall drug epidemic in the State, both in the Judicial system and other means of prevention.  Judge Davis was invited to Washington D.C. to participate and bring her expertise in a round table with officials from the White House and other Federal organizations to find solutions to the National Drug problem in the judicial system, through the Institute for Behavior and Health, and try and make HOPE probation a national standard program.  Judge Davis is currently a part of the Indiana Attorney General’s Drug Task Force.

Prior to taking the Bench, Judge Davis, a native of Indiana, was a partner at the law firm of Beckman Lawson, LLP, specializing in civil federal litigation and a part time deputy prosecutor for Allen County.  Prior to moving back to Fort Wayne, Judge Davis served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Antonio wherein she prosecuted violent offenders and gang members and was appointed to a federally funded Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.  Judge Davis was chosen as one of the few members of the 2010 class of Women of Excellence Indiana Lugar Series, and received the Northeast Indiana Women in Leadership Award.

Judge Davis is very active in the local community where she is the current President-elect of the Allen County Bar Association Board of Directors. Judge Davis also serves on the Mayor’s Cities United Task Force, the Board of Trustees for Indiana Tech, and Board of Directors for Youth for Christ of Northeast Indiana and committee member of City Life Urban ministries.

Judge Davis is proud to be alumni of Wheaton College and graduated in 1988. Her husband, Dr. Scott Davis, is a physician and U.S. Veteran; however, more importantly, he is also Wheaton alumni, class of 1986.  Scott and Wendy have three children: Madison (21), Carter (18) and Jackson (13).

 

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