Honorable Carr L. Darden ‘70 Receives DASA Award
Hon. Carr L. Darden, ’70, judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award (DASA) on May 20, 2006 at the Alumni Association’s annual reunion reception. Judge Darden has served on the Indiana Court of Appeals since 1994, where he is responsible for hearing and determining appeals from final judgments of the state's Circuit, Superior, Probate and County Courts, in addition to those of numerous Administrative Agencies. Prior to being appointed to the Court of Appeals, he served as a presiding judge in the Marion County Superior Court and the Marion County Municipal Court systems. He also served as the Chief Deputy State Public Defender. Over the years, Judge Darden has received many awards, including two Sagamores of the Wabash, Indiana's highest distinguished citizen award. In November of 2004, he was presented with the prestigious Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award of Excellence by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He is deeply involved in his church and community, serving on the boards of numerous charitable organizations. Judge Darden has participated at many legal and education seminars as a facilitator or panel member. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, National Bar Association and the Marion County Bar Association. He also holds memberships in other organizations, including the national, state, and local bar associations. One of the awards that he cherishes most is the recognition by his peers of being "Exceptionally Qualified" to serve as a trial court judge. Judge Darden received his BS degree from Indiana University School of Business in 1966 and his JD degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1970. He is also a graduate of the Judicial College of Indiana in 1998 and the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges in 2004. He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee but is a very proud "Hoosier" by choice and has lived in Indiana most of his life. He and his wife, Lundy Marie, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He served his country's military and received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force in 1959.