William Irwin Garrard


William Irwin Garrard



William Irwin Garrard was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 16, 1932. He was raised in Frankfort, Indiana, where he graduated from Frankfort High School in 1950. Garrard then attended Wabash College earning his B.A. degree in 1954. After college, Garrard served in the US Army for two years. He enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in 1956 and received his JD degree, Order of the Coif, in 1959.

After law school, Garrard began his legal career with the Warsaw, Indiana, firm Graham, Rasor, Eschbach & Harris. He remained with the firm for the next 15 years, while concurrently serving as Deputy Prosecutor from 1959 to 1969. In 1974, Governor Otis Bowen appointed Garrard to the Indiana Court of Appeals. He was reelected to the bench in 1976, 1986 and 1996. In 1990, Judge Garrard earned his LL.M. from the University of Virginia Law School, becoming the first Indiana judge to attend the school’s masters program for sitting judges. Garrard served more than 25 years on the bench, before retiring in 2000 and becoming a Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Garrard served as an adjunct professor at the IU School of Law for 10 years and is a past president of the law school’s Alumni Association. Garrard is a recipient of Wabash College’s David Peck Medal, three Sagamore of the Wabash awards, and the Indiana State Bar Association’s Presidential Citation. William Irwin Garrard was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2000.


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