Chicago Leaders Honor Judge Norris K. Wang
Founder, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area; First Chinese American Magistrate Judge Elected in the State of Indiana
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The Hon. Norris K. Wang, retired Magistrate Judge and Elected City Councilman (District 6) in West Lafayette, Indiana, of West Lafayette, Indiana, (and in the Chicago area, Co-Founder of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area 1987-1988) has passed away. Judge Wang made his transition this month (January 2021) in Lafayette, Indiana, from complications due to cardiac arrest—not COVID-19-related.
Born in Marion, Indiana, Wang was a graduate of Purdue University and of the Law School at Indiana University - Bloomington.
Early in his career, he served as legal counsel for U.S. Congressman Bud Hillis (R-IN-5th) and the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC. Later, he was assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Chicago. It was during these years that he became one of the co-founders of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area.
Wang later served as a deputy prosecutor in Tippecanoe County, Indiana for about fourteen years before becoming a Magistrate judge in Tippcanoe County in 2003.
He was known as being a compassionate, caring, thoughtful individual who was fair and made sure that all those before him were aware of their rights and had proper legal counsel. Wang was proud to be the first Chinese American Magistrate to serve in Indiana.
Judge Wang last appeared in the Chicago area as Keynote Speaker for the Chinese American Civic Council of Chicago (CACC) Chinese New Year/Spring Festival Celebration in April 2019, at Furama Seafood Restaurant in Chicago's Chinatown.
Judge Wang's life has been devoted to public service. After retiring from the bench, he became an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College in criminal justice in 2011. Wang was elected to the West Lafayette, Indiana City Council in 2015, representing the 6th District, and re-elected in November 2019. His term was not set to expire until 2023.
AABA-Chicago was founded in 1988. AABA-Chicago Founders and then Leadership recently held a New Year's Zoom Reunion Call and offered a toast in tribute to Judge Norris Wang's memory.
Memorial contributions can be made in Judge Wang's honor to:
Ivy Tech Foundation
(Please memo: "Norris Wang Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund")
and send to:
Ivy Tech Foundation, 3101 South Creasy Lane, Lafayette, Indiana 47905.
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