Summer 1997 was a momentous time for Spahr: He took the Bar Exam, got married, moved back to Peru and began working as a law clerk for his father until he received notice that he had passed the exam.
He opened an office in the same building as his father, but worked independently for 15 years, dealing with a wide range of law — adoptions, business entity (corporations, LLCs, LLPs), collections, contracts, criminal, estate planning, family (divorce, paternity, child custody, child support), municipal, personal injury and real estate.
“It was an excellent way to prepare for my current job,” he notes.
After his father became circuit court judge, Spahr occupied the building alone for 18 months, until his brother Tony moved in to maintain a separate practice.
Spahr’s membership in the PHS French Club, along with his musical talent, paid off in meeting and connecting with his wife, Marcet, at IU. She teaches French at Maconaquah High School. Her IU roommate was a violinist whom Spahr knew through the School of Music.
The Spahrs, who have been married 16 years, have two children, Anastasia, 11, and John, 7. They are members of Main Street Methodist Church.
Despite his professional and family obligations, Spahr finds time to read, play the cello, go biking and occasionally participate in sports with friends.
It’s a full life, one, he says, he hopes to have the rest of his legal career.
“While I greatly enjoyed helping people during my years as an attorney,” he said, “I have enjoyed being a judge even more.”