Brookman sworn in as Southern District judge

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Less than a week after his Senate confirmation, Matthew Brookman was sworn in as a district judge Monday for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.


Indiana Southern District Court Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced Brookman’s swearing in on Monday. Brookman was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on March 29.


Judge Matthew Brookman

According to a news release, Senior Judge Richard L. Young, whose seat Brookman fills, administered the oath Monday morning at the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Evansville.


Upon taking the oath, Brookman said, “I am grateful to have been nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate as a District Court Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and I am excited to begin the important work of the United States District Court.”


Prior to this appointment, Brookman had served as United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of Indiana since February 2016. In that capacity, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Brookman to serve on the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States in 2022.


Prior to taking the bench, 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 lead Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force attorney.


He was also a member of the United States Attorney’s Executive Committee, capital case coordinator for the Southern District of Indiana, and served as a chair and a member from of the United States attorney’s various hiring committees 2011 until 2015.


In 2010, Brookman received the Director’s Award from then-United States Attorney General Eric Holder, in Washington, D.C., for superior performance as an assistant United States attorney for his work on United States v. Jarvis Brown, et al., a quadruple homicide prosecution.


After spending the early part of his career in private practice and with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County, Missouri, Brookman joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri in 1999.


Brookman then moved to the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2002.


He was born in St. Louis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from DePauw University, where he majored in economics and history. He obtained his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in May 1993.


Like Young did before him, Brookman will maintain his primary chambers in Evansville and travel regularly to Indianapolis for hearings and trials, according to the news release.

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