Former Dearborn Co. Judge Given Trailblazer Award

Posted On October 16, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

G. Michael Witte.

(Washington, D.C.) — Former Dearborn County judge G. Michael Witte has been given the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s highest award.

The NAPABA’s highest honor, the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys.

Witte became the first Asian Pacific American to be elected a judge in the State of Indiana in 1984. He sat on the bench in Dearborn County until 2008.

Since 2010, the judge has served as the executive director of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, one of the most important and visible positions in the Indiana legal community. He also became the first Asian American to serve as chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division in 2010. He received the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award in 2000 from his local community and was honored by the ABA National Conference of Specialized Court Judges as its National Distinguished Judge of the Year in 2008.

“These Trailblazers have demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity, and made substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession, as well as to the broader Asian Pacific American community,” the NAPABA stated in a news release.

Witte will be presented with the award at a special ceremony during the 2017 NAPABA Convention in Washington, D.C. on Friday, November 3.

Previously, Witte served as President of the Indiana University Indianapolis law school’s Alumni Board in 2009, and was honored in 2008 by the IU Alumni Association as its Distinguished Asian Alumni.