Memorial honoring Lozano scheduled for next month

The Indiana Northern District Court will honor the late Senior Judge Rudy Lozano at a memorial service in his honor next month.

The service will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in Lozano's courtroom in the Hammond Federal Courthouse, 5400 Federal Plaza. A repast will be held in the courthouse atrium afterward.

Lozano, 76, died on July 11. In his later years, Lozano lived with debilitating complications of diabetes, according to acquaintances, but he continued to carry out his duties as a senior judge.

Confirmed to the Northern Indiana District Court bench by unanimous consent in 1988 after his appointment by President Ronald Reagan, Lozano was the first Hispanic federal judge appointed in Indiana. He served there for 30 years, making landmark rulings in a Hammond courtroom that his peers said was known for its collegiality. Before that, Lozano was a leading practitioner who helped unify the legal community in northwest Indiana.

Lake Superior Chief Judge John Pera, who knew Lozano for decades, said the judge will be remembered for his work on the bench, as an attorney and more.

“He was a thoughtful and courageous practitioner of the law, and then as a well-respected judge,” Pere said. “He would always take the time to help lawyers in the practice and lending a helping hand with many charities. We will miss him.”

More information about the memorial service will be forthcoming.

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