John M. Sedia

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John M. Sedia
Court Information:
Lake County Superior Court, Indiana
Title:   Judge
Position:   Civil Division 1
Appointed by:   Gov. Mitch Daniels
Active:   2012-12/31/2020
Preceded by:   Jeffery J. Dywan
Past post:   Magistrate, Lake Superior Court Juvenile Division
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Indiana University, 1976
Law School:   Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, 1979
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Lake County Superior Court
Position:  Retention
State:  Indiana
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election vote:  66.2%ApprovedA

John M. Sedia is a judge for Civil Division 1 of the Lake County Superior Court in Indiana. He was appointed to this position by Governor Mitch Daniels to replace retiring Judge Jeffery J. Dywan in July 2012.[1][2] He was retained on November 4, 2014, for a term that expires on December 31, 2020.[3]



See also: Indiana judicial elections, 2014
Sedia was retained to the Lake County Superior Court with 66.2 percent of the vote on November 4, 2014.[3]


Sedia received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1976, going on to earn his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1979.[1]


Before his appointment to the bench in 2012, Sedia worked as a magistrate for the juvenile division of Lake Superior Court. He has also been a partner with Tweedle & Sedia and served as a Lake County public defender in the juvenile division.[1]

Awards and associations

  • President, Lake County Bar Association

Notable cases

Sedia: right-to-work law is unconstitutional (2013)

Judge John M. Sedia of Lake County ruled on September 9 that the state's right-to-work law violates the Indiana constitution.[4]

The law, which bans the collection of mandatory fees and requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues, was passed in 2012 after a tumultuous back-and-forth between members of the Indiana General Assembly.[4] Despite periodic boycotts and a walkout of House Democrats during the legislative sessions, the state became the 23rd in the nation to put such an act in place.[5]

Union lawyers immediately took to the courts, where they have since pushed to overturn the law. One such suit was filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, which expressed satisfaction with Sedia's ruling. President and business manager James M. Sweeney commented, "These laws are nothing but thinly veiled tools to weaken unions … We pledged on the day that this law was passed that they hadn't seen the last of us, and we are delighted with this ruling."[4]

Sedia found that the law stood in violation of a constitutional provision prohibiting the delivery of services “without just compensation.” Though the ruling allows the law to remain in effect while a state supreme court appeal is pending, union supporters consider it a major victory. Of the five counts the union's complaint sought to dismiss, four were granted by the judge.[4]

The office of Attorney General Greg Zoeller said that there are plans to appeal the ruling to the Indiana Supreme Court.[4]

(Read the ruling here.)

See also

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