District Courts

Eyeing new magistrate openings

June 23, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Within a year, the federal court system that covers the southern half of Indiana could have two new full-time magistrates, one being a newly created position that would be the first creation of its kind in almost three decades.
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Judge Magnus-Stinson takes oath

June 15, 2010
IL Staff
The newest judge for the Southern District of Indiana was sworn in Monday to officially become a U.S. District Judge.
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Senate confirms Judge Tanya Walton Pratt

June 15, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Marion Superior Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has just received confirmation from the U.S. Senate, meaning she'll become state's first African-American federal judge and one of four female jurists on Indiana's federal bench.
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Senate to vote on Judge Pratt Tuesday

June 11, 2010
Michael Hoskins

The U.S. Senate plans to vote on a Marion Superior judge’s nomination for the federal bench on Tuesday, according to a spokesman in Sen. Evan’s Bayh’s office. Senators agreed Thursday to consider the nomination of Marion Superior Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, whom the president chose in January for the Southern District of Indiana to succeed Judge David F. Hamilton. Judge Hamilton was elevated to the federal appeals bench late last year.

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Judicial appointments a hot topic at 7th Circuit conference

May 12, 2010
Michael Hoskins
This year's 7th Circuit Bar Association and Judicial Conference for the 7th Circuit featured a more historic tone because of the high-profile roster of legal community leaders who attended, as well as offering tidbits about how the Indianapolis federal courthouse will soon be going green, how the state's Southern District is hoping for a new full-time magistrate, and a call to action for Hoosier judges and attorneys to get more involved in a new e-discovery program under way.
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Vote expected on Indiana federal magistrate

March 10, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A U.S. Senate committee is expected to discuss and vote Thursday on an Indianapolis federal magistrate judge's nomination for a judgeship in the Southern District of Indiana.
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Senators postpone votes on Hoosier nominees

February 25, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Thanks in part to the high-profile health-care summit today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee postponed votes this morning on three Indiana judicial nominees and a Bloomington law professor being considered for a key Department of Justice spot.
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4 Indiana nominations sent to Senate

January 21, 2010
IL Staff
President Barack Obama's list of 40 nominees included four Indiana nominations.
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Judge blocks DCS rate changes for now

January 21, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A federal judge in Indianapolis has temporarily blocked the Indiana Department of Child Services from reducing the amounts it pays to foster and adoptive parents and juvenile-service providers.
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Former attorney gets probation in fraud case

January 20, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A former attorney who pleaded guilty to mail fraud last year was sentenced to 3 years probation Tuesday by a federal judge.
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Senator announces 3 federal judge nominees

January 18, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh has unveiled who's being nominated for three open seats on the state's federal bench.
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Law school reject sues to take bar exam

January 14, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
An Indianapolis man is suing the state Supreme Court justices and Board of Law Examiners because he believes he should be able to take the bar exam even if he didn't go to law school.
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Man accuses public defenders of malpractice

January 8, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
An accused child molester who sat in jail for 2 1/2 years until his case was dismissed is suing his former public defenders for legal malpractice.
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Suit claims courthouse violates ADA

January 7, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
Four defendants in cases pending before the St. Joseph Superior Court have filed a lawsuit claiming that county's courthouse is inaccessible for people with disabilities
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Parents, child service provider group sue DCS over subsidies

January 6, 2010
Michael Hoskins
In a one-two punch, a pair of lawsuits filed a week apart in December hit the Indiana Department of Child Services square in the gut over how the agency planned to reduce payment rates for foster and adoptive parents and juvenile service providers.
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Newspapers join fight to unseal Durham records

January 5, 2010
The Indianapolis Business Journal and The Wall Street Journal have joined the legal fight to unseal search-warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. The IBJ is a sister publication of Indiana Lawyer.
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Silent settlement doesn't include fees, costs

January 4, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A federal judge rejected a northern Indiana sheriff's argument that a settlement agreement in a civil rights case includes attorney's fees and costs when the agreement doesn't say anything on the issue.
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Nonprofit sues over DCS rate cuts

December 16, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A nonprofit organization made up of agencies that provide services to abused and neglected kids is suing the Indiana Department of Child Services for cutting rates paid to the agencies next year.
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Protective order sought in law examiners case

December 4, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana State Board of Law Examiners wants a U.S. District judge to issue a protective order stopping the ACLU of Indiana from obtaining what the agency describes as confidential information about bar applicants' answers to questions.
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City stopped from enforcing adult-business law

December 3, 2009
Michael Hoskins
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to an adult bookstore in Indianapolis, temporarily stopping the city from enforcing a 2002 ordinance that regulates adult businesses.
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Judge to discuss intelligent-design ruling

December 3, 2009
IL Staff
The U.S. District judge who made the landmark ruling that the teaching of intelligent design in public schools is unconstitutional will speak at Indiana University Friday.
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Southern District amendments take effect today

December 1, 2009
IL Staff
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has amended several local rules, effective today. The amendments are available on the court's Web site.
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Survey assesses PACER program

November 20, 2009
IL Staff
The federal judiciary is seeking feedback from users through a short survey on its PACER program, which allows people to search federal court records.
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U.S. Senate confirms Hamilton for 7th Circuit

November 19, 2009
Michael Hoskins
U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton is the newest jurist on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Judge's nomination vote set for Tuesday

November 11, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The U.S. Senate leader has filed a motion to limit debate on an Indianapolis judge's nomination for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, setting an hour of debate and roll call vote for Nov. 17.
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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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