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New federal chief judge for Southern District

January 1, 2008
A new chief judge has taken the leadership reins for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

On Jan. 1, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton replaced Judge Larry J. McKinney as chief judge, meaning he'll be expected to handle the court's administrative matters and be a chief spokesperson for the court until 2015.

During Judge McKinney's seven-year term as chief of the nation's third-busiest District Court, he'd led a court handling 23,000 civil and criminal cases, helped launch an electronic case filing system, and celebrated the local court's 100-year anniversary.

As the top judge, Chief Judge Hamilton will continue carrying a full caseload in addition to his administrative duties. Chief Judge Hamilton has been on the District Court since 1994, previously working at Barnes & Thornburgh in Indianapolis after graduating from Yale Law School in 1983.
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