(Presiding Judge, First District)
423 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Edward W. Najam, Jr., of Bloomington, Monroe County, was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Evan Bayh in 1992 and was retained by the electorate in 1996 and 2006.
Judge Najam graduated from the Indiana University High School in Bloomington, where he grew up, and attended Indiana University at Bloomington. At I.U. he earned a B.A. in political science, with highest distinction, in 1969, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was elected Student Body President. He also received the Herman B Wells Senior Recognition Award for academic excellence and campus leadership. Judge Najam earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972.
After admission to the Bar, he was Administrative Assistant to the Mayor of Bloomington for two years and an attorney in private practice for eighteen years. He served as a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group and the Local Rules Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He was a member of the Bloomington Rotary Club, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Monroe County Family YMCA Board of Directors. Judge Najam is a Director and Chair of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.
As Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, he initiated the Appellate Rules Project, which culminated in a complete revision of the Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure. In 2001, he organized and co-chaired “Caught in the Middle: A National Symposium on the Role of State Intermediate Appellate Courts,” attended by judges from twenty-two states, the first such national conference. He has served as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (1995 to 2005) and the Indiana Supreme Court Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (1999 to 2005), and he represents the judiciary on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism and Security Council.
Judge Najam is a member of the American, Indiana, and Monroe County Bar Associations, a graduate of the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges, a Fellow of the American, Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Foundations, a member of the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington Board of Visitors, a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and an Eagle Scout.