A Fort Wayne family law practitioner will join the judiciary next month as the newest magistrate judge of the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division.
Beth Webber, 52, will take the bench July 12, filling a vacancy left by the appointment of Judge Lori K. Morgan, who succeeded now-retired Judge Charles F. Pratt in the Family Relations Division. Webber is currently a solo practitioner in Fort Wayne, focusing on representing children in child abuse and neglect cases, divorce, guardian ad litem and other matters.
“An opportunity like this to serve the court and to serve Allen County’s families and children is incredibly rare,” Webber said in a news release. “I am thrilled by this opportunity and eager to take on the challenges ahead. I look forward to helping families navigate the legal system and move forward with their lives.”
As magistrate judge, Webber will decide on a variety of family cases, including children in need of services cases, domestic relations and adoption matters.
“Beth Webber brings a remarkably diverse base of experience to Allen Superior Court,” Morgan said in a statement. “She understands the role of the judiciary from different perspectives, having been before the court as an attorney in almost every possible capacity. Beth is widely respected in the legal community and will be a valuable addition to our team.”
Webber received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1992 her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1995.
Upon graduating law school, Webber began her legal career as a general practice attorney in Fort Wayne. She has taught business law and juvenile justice classes, and her work later evolved to focus primarily on families and children.
In 2004, Webber cofounded Northeast Indiana Center for Child Advocacy, established to represent children in child abuse and neglect, delinquency, paternity and divorce cases. She has also served as a judge pro tempore in the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division.