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January 15, 2014

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Desire to serve still there; Embrey to run again

Longtime judge seeks 2nd term as Miami Co. prosecutor.


“Must have been fate!” Embrey says.

Bruce and Cheryl got married July 20, 1968, in Indianapolis.

Then another major turning point occurred.

“I used a lawyer for a real estate transaction and quizzed him about law school,” Embrey recalled. “He encouraged me. I finally decided to go back to school and qualify for law school.”

A tough grind lay ahead. He worked full time at different jobs and went to school full time at IUPUI.

“Cheryl was pregnant, so full-time employment was necessary,” Embrey said.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1972 and entered the IU law school.

Then another major turning point occurred.

In January 1974, while in law school, he got a staff job with the Judicial Study Commission, which deals with legislation involving the judiciary system.

That’s when he met Mexico’s Kermit Burrous, a prominent member of the Indiana House of Representatives. Burrous steered him to Peru.

Embrey got his law degree in May 1976 and moved to Peru in June. He filed for judge of the County Court, served as probate commissioner for Circuit Court and practiced privately out of Jim Volpert’s office.

Embrey won. A tremendous career was born.

In 1977, he became the first judge of the new Superior Court after County Court was converted. Embrey won re-election twice over the next 10 years.

In 1986, having had his fill of small claims and traffic cases, Embrey ran for Circuit Court judge and triumphed again. He won two more six-year terms before retiring in November 2002, after four years, and became a senior judge for the next eight years.

In all, Embrey was a judge for 26 years, during which he was heavily involved in judicial reform efforts, such as:

• Development of the Indiana Child Support Guidelines, in which he authored the first four editions of its official commentary.

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