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Judge Viola J. Taliaferro, a pathbreaking jurist in Monroe County and renowned advocate for its children, passed away Monday, June 12 in Bloomington.

A 1977 graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Taliaferro entered the legal profession later in life, but wasted no time making an immediate—and lasting—impact on her local community.

Viola Taliaferro earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. By then she and George had four children, and the family returned to Bloomington—where George had played for the Indiana University Hoosier football team—in 1972.

Three years later she enrolled at the Law School. She went directly into private practice after earning her JD, focusing on family and criminal law. Taliaferro was named a Monroe Circuit Court Magistrate in 1989, and was appointed judge of the Monroe Circuit Court VII in 1995—a position she held until she retired in 2004.


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