KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region will welcome Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to campus on Friday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. in celebration and remembrance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Pratt, the first African American appointed as U.S. District Court Judge for Southern Indiana, will speak about tolerance — a topic still relevant more than 40 years after King’s death.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held at Ivy Tech’s main Kokomo campus, 1815 E. Morgan St. in Kokomo. The program is brought to Ivy Tech by the Ivy Tech Community College Diversity Committee and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. For more information, call 800-459-0561 or visit http://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo.
About Judge Pratt
Pratt currently is serving on Indiana’s Southern U.S. District Court. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Howard University’s School of Law. She was elected Judge of the Marion Superior Court in 1996. She served as Presiding Judge of Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division One, from 1997 until 2008. Since 2009 she has served as presiding Judge of the Marion Superior Court, Probate Division.
Prior to her election as judge, Judge Pratt was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Walton & Pratt, where she practiced in the areas of family law, personal injury, probate, and criminal law. From 1994 to 1996, she served as a Master Commissioner in the Marion Superior Court, and was a Public Defender in Marion County Superior Court, Criminal Division for five years.
Judge Pratt is the secretary of the Indiana State Bar Association, a life member and past board member of the Marion County Bar Association, a past vice-president of the Indianapolis Bar Association and past member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association. She is an Advisory Board Member of the United Negro College Fund, a board member of Cathedral High School, a member of the Indianapolis American Inn of Court and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Judge Pratt was appointed chair of the Indiana Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Commission by the late Governor Frank O’Bannon, and served in that capacity from 2001 until 2007. She served as a member of the Marion Superior Courts’ Executive Committee for four years and was the supervising judge of the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. She is a 2002 Graduate of the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges and served on the Probate Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana. In 2002, she received the Outstanding Judge of the Year Award from the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. and was presented a 2006 Career Achievement Award by the Indianapolis Archdiocese and a 2007 Career Achievement Award from Cathedral Alumni Association.