Jasper County judge moving to federal bench

A Jasper County judge has been appointed to the bench in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Current Jasper Superior Judge James R. Ahler is resigning from his spot on the trial court bench effective June 15 to assume a position as a United States Bankruptcy judge. Ahler was appointed to the bench in Jasper County in 2007 and has been re-elected twice.

Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced in state and federal courts, focusing on commericial litigation, appellate litigation, and criminal defense. He is the current chair of the Indiana Judicial Community Relations Committee.

Ahler earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Klingeberger joined the bankruptcy court in 2003. Terms on the bankruptcy court are for 14 years.

As a result of Ahler's appointment to bankruptcy court, Senior Judge Robert M. Hall will become judge pro tempore of Jasper Superior Court, effective June 16. Hall will remain in that position until a successor assumes office or until further order of the court. He will be compensated for his service at the same rate as a regular judge, pursuant to Trial Rule 63(D).

The full order appointing Hall as judge pro tempore can be read here.

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