New bankruptcy judge appointed to Indiana Northern District

St. Joseph Superior Court Magistrate Judge Paul E. Singleton has been appointed to a 14-year term as bankruptcy judge in the Indiana Northern District based in South Bend. Singleton will take office July 29, succeeding bankruptcy Judge Harry C. Dees, Jr.

7th Circuit Chief Judge Diane S. Sykes announced Singleton’s appointment Wednesday after the court last July began a search for Dees’ successor.

Singleton since 2015 has presided over criminal and civil cases in the St. Joseph Superior Court. Following law school, he worked at Indiana Legal Services where he practiced family and landlord/tenant law. He then joined the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County where he handled cases involving civil protective orders. Singleton also worked in private practice Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of South Bend.

He is a member of the St. Joseph County Bar Association and co-President of its

Diversity Committee. Singleton is also a member of the St. Joseph County Bar Foundation, the Robert A. Grant American Inn of Court, and the Indiana Civil Bench Book Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of ILS and is a past board member of the Youth Services Bureau.

Singleton graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his law degree, with Pro Bono Distinction, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Prior to law school, Singleton taught social studies for Teach for America at National Academy Foundation High School in Baltimore.

A date for Singleton’s formal investiture on the bankruptcy court has not yet been set.

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