Bio: Judge David Bolk received undergraduate degrees in English and Forensic Science from Indiana University before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the same institution. He practiced law before sitting as a circuit court judge in Indiana for sixteen years.
Q: Why did you decide to come to ISU after being a judge for so many years?
A: I taught here as an adjunct for about six years, and before that, I had been an adjunct in the Paralegal Studies program at Saint Mary of the Woods College for ten, so it was something I had always wanted to do. The entire time I was on the bench, I was teaching a class at a college.
Q: What about ISU specifically do you enjoy the most?
A: What I like is the students, of course. Unfortunately, what I did in my profession was having to see a lot of college aged kids who, for a variety of reasons—many of which were outside of their control—did bad things or were in bad situations. So, to be around that same age group who were in a position to do something positive in their lives and to be able to help with that in some small way was something I wanted to do.
Q: What initially interested you about the law?
A: I had always wanted to be a lawyer, and I’m not entirely sure why. My guess is—now that I’m getting older and can think back on these things—that it was probably something that my father would have liked to have done with his life. I’m first generation, though. My dad went here for a year and a half, and my mom went here for a semester, and then suddenly I was there, so they both left school to get jobs. The entire time I was an undergrad, though, I knew I was going to law school.
Q: Do you have any role models who have inspired you along the way?
A: I would say that I’ve had a lot of major influencers in my life. For academics, though, the most influential person would be my high school Latin teacher, […]