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Hi I'm Lance Hamner

I enjoy teaching at legal workshops and riding bicycles and motorcycles. And I’m a Mormon.

About Me

As a youth I baled hay and detassled corn in the summer, and worked evenings and weekends at a grocery store. When I finished high school I served a mission for my church and then became a police officer where I worked my way through college. After college, I went to law school. I've been a practicing lawyer, a prosecuting attorney, and I'm now a judge. I've taught law at several of the local colleges and both law schools in our region. I also present at legal workshops in the area of criminal procedure. I wrote the Indiana Arrest, Search and Seizure Courtroom Manual which has been published continuously since 2001. In my spare time, I like to ride my bicycle and motorcycle. I have a Tomasso road bike and a Honda VTX 1300. My wife Karla works for the local hospital. She also organizes many of the workshops where I teach. We have four sons and a daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have found the answers to the three questions that all humans yearn to know: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where will I go when this life is over? Knowing the purpose of life and what God wants me to do with it gives me peace each and every day. Mormons also believe that marriage can be for time and all eternity and not just "till death do we part." It gives me great joy and comfort knowing that I can be with my wonderful wife and children forever.

How I live my faith

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we are often called to serve in new and exciting, and sometimes very challenging, capacities. Among other things, I have been a Boy Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, and a counselor in the "bishopric," which is like being an assistant pastor. Because we have a lay ministry, the "sermons" in our church are offered by members of the congregation. My wife and I and each of our children have had occasion to speak to our congregation in this capacity. We have also volunteered our time serving in our children's schools working on various committees. As a lawyer, prosecutor, and judge, I often give guest presentations at local high schools. I have also served for many years as the mock trial coach for our local high school's Harvard Model Congress District Court trial team.