William T. Lawrence was
sworn in as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
on June 26, 2008. His appointment by President George W. Bush followed his
service as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of
Indiana, a position he had held since November 2002. Judge Lawrence is the
first Magistrate Judge in the Southern District to become a District Judge.
Prior to being a Magistrate Judge, Judge Lawrence was an elected Judge of the Marion County Circuit Court from 1996
to 2002, after serving as a part-time Master Commissioner there for 13 ˝
years. He served as a part-time Public Defender in the Marion County Criminal
Court IV for nine years.
In 1980, Judge Lawrence was appointed
Executive Director of Indiana’s first Merit Selection Commission on Federal
Judicial Appointments by Senator Richard Lugar. He served on the Indianapolis
Fire Department Civilian Merit Board from 1983 to 1989. He has been a member
of the Indianapolis Bar Association since 1973. Judge Lawrence was
elected to the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference in
September 1997, and re-elected in 1999 and in 2001 where he served on the
Court Management Committee. In 1997 he was appointed, and then re-appointed in
1999 and 2001 as Chairman of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Continuing
Legal Education Commission. He was nominated in 1997 as a "Fellow of the
Foundation" by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and currently serves as
"Master" in the Sagamore American Inn.
Judge Lawrence attended Louisiana
State University from 1965 to 1968. He graduated from Indiana University in
1970 and Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1973.