New Albany attorney named part-time magistrate judge

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A senior partner with Kightlinger & Gray LLP has been selected as a part-time magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Van T. Willis will fill the vacancy created by the death of Hon. Michael G. Naville, who served on the court from November 1995 to September 2014. Willis’ appointment will be made upon completion of a FBI background check, which may take a few months.

Willis will preside over preliminary criminal proceedings in the New Albany Division. He will also continue to practice law with Kightlinger & Gray, where he has been since 1991. Willis’ practice areas include civil rights, trademark and copyright infringement, and workers’ compensation.

Part-time magistrate judges are appointed by the judges of the District Court for terms of four years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms.


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