IN Northern District Court announces new clerk

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The federal courthouse in Hammond. (Photo from

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has announced a new clerk of court.

Chief Judge Jon E. DeGuilio announced Wednesday the selection of Chanda J. Berta as the new clerk. She began that role Monday.

Berta joined the Northern District of Indiana in 2007 as a law clerk to the late Judge Allen Sharp. She has worked in several positions for the court including chief deputy, divisional manager, acting clerk of court and career law clerk.

She had previously worked as an associate at Hunt Suedhoff Kearney LLP. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law.

“Chanda is uniquely qualified to serve our district by virtue of her diverse experience as a law clerk to several judges, a practicing attorney, and having held several leadership positions within the Clerk’s Office,” DeGuilio said in a news release. “She possesses the intellect, work ethic and professional commitment to assist in the effective administration of justice through the critical resources of her office. I know I speak for all our judges when I express my appreciation for her service and welcome her to her new role.”

Berta will report directly to DeGuilio and other judges of the court. She will oversee a variety of services for the entire district, court community and public, and encompass legal, administrative and operational duties.

Her responsibilities include managing the court’s budget, information technology, jury services, space and facilities, as well as overseeing staff responsible for processing cases and assisting the public.

“I am truly honored and elated to serve our Court in the capacity as Clerk of Court,” Berta said in the news release. “I sincerely thank our bench for the unanimous support and trusting in me.

“I appreciate everyone for working hard every day to keep our operations running smoothly to ensure the effective administration of justice,” she continued. “This opportunity is a dream come true, and I won’t disappoint. Thank you. I look forward to the road ahead.”

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