The Honorable Faith Graham
Board Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Judge Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in May 1991 from Marian College where she conducted undergraduate research and co-authored an article in the Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences. She received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Indiana School of Law in May 1996.
Judge Graham began her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Tippecanoe County where she represented the State of Indiana in misdemeanor and minor felony cases. She also served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Shelby County representing the State in major felony cases involving offenses committed against children and by children.
Thereafter, Judge Graham became an associate in the Gambs, Mucker & Bauman law firm where she represented the Tippecanoe County Department of Child Services in all CHINS and TPR proceedings for two (2) years. After opening a private law firm, Judge Graham remained actively involved in the CHINS arena by representing CASAs. At the same time, Judge Graham served as a part-time Deputy Public Defender in Tippecanoe County in major felony cases.
Judge Graham became the first full-time Deputy Public Defender in Tippecanoe County and remained in that position until she was appointed as the first Juvenile Magistrate in Tippecanoe County in January 2006. Judge Graham succeeded Justice Loretta H. Rush as Judge of Tippecanoe Superior Court III on December 3, 2012.
Judge Graham is dedicated to strengthening families and has herself been appointed Guardian ad Litem to protect the best interests of children.
During her tenure on the bench, Judge Graham has handled all manner of cases involving children – CHINS, TPR, juvenile delinquency, juvenile status offenses, and divorce or paternity actions involving custody, visitation, and child support disputes.
Judge Graham provides training for foster parents and CASAs and regularly speaks about matters involving the juvenile justice system.
Relevant Research Data
Strategies for Engaging Youth and Families with Lived Experiences
Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement: Obstacles to Opportunities
Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Child Welfare Workers' Companion Guide
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