Matthew P. Brookman was sworn in Monday as the newest magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, whose last day was Friday.
Before becoming a magistrate, Brookman was employed by the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, where he served as the chief of the office’s Drug and Violent Crime Unit, and as lead Organized crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force attorney. In 2010, he received the Director’s Award from the United States Attorney General Eric Holder for superior performance as an assistant U.S. attorney for his work on a quadruple homicide prosecution.
Brookman received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1993 and spent the beginning part of his career in private practice or working for the government in Missouri before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indiana in 2002.
Magistrate judges are appointed by the judges of the U.S. District Courts for terms of eight years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms.
Brookman lives in Newburgh, Indiana, with his wife and three children.
Read more about Magistrate Judge William Hussmann in the Feb. 10-23, 2016, issue of Indiana Lawyer.