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An Indianapolis employment law attorney has been chosen as the newest U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of Indiana.

The District judges announced a decision late Monday that they had selected Denise K. LaRue to fill the new magistrate position created last fall by the Judicial Conference of the United States to help with the jurisdiction’s heavy caseload. She was one of 44 people to apply for the post by the November deadline, and one of the five finalists submitted for the judges’ consideration by a merit selection panel in early February.

A 1989 cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, LaRue is a name partner at employment firm Haskin & LaRue, where she began as an associate when the firm opened in 1994.

She’d worked as a staff attorney at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission prior to that. In her current position, she’s represented clients in all aspects of employment law matters involving discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She’s also handled claims involving constitutional due process, free speech, and political association violations, as well as federal labor and wage and hour issues.

LaRue is a life member of the Marion County Bar Association, and some of her legal community leadership roles have included her being a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association-Indiana and serving on the Southern District of Indiana’s Local Rules Advisory Committee. She serves on the Board of the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and has served the Indianapolis chapter of Jack and Jill of America, The Links, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

“We are very pleased that Denise LaRue, with her strong background in litigating civil matters in federal court, will be joining our court family,” Chief Judge Richard Young said in a news release. “We are certain that she will be a valuable addition to the bench.”

Once a background check is complete for LaRue, her eight-year term would begin April 1 and she would be eligible for reappointment to successive terms after that.

The announcement of LaRue’s appointment came on the heels of the District Court’s investiture ceremony Feb. 25 for Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore, who the judges had selected last fall. He succeeded the Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, who was elevated last year to an Article III judgeship.
 

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