United States District Court
Chambers: Room 328 Evansville
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William G. Hussmann, Jr., was born in Evansville, Indiana, attended Harrison High School, and graduated from Valparaiso University (B.A. 1972; J.D. 1975). He began his legal career in private practice in a small firm in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he practiced in the areas of criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury. In 1981, he became a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, defending civil litigation against the State in the Tort Claims Section of that office. In 1983, he became a Staff Attorney with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, where he prosecuted claims of attorney ethical violations before hearing officers and the Indiana Supreme Court. In 1986, he became a Staff Attorney for Associated Insurance companies, where he supervised and conducted the defense of litigation against health care insurers, most commonly known as Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans. He became a United States Magistrate Judge on April 4, 1988. In that position, he spends over 90% of his time handling civil litigation in the Evansville, Terre Haute, and New Albany Divisions of the Southern District of Indiana. In an average year, he will participate in approximately 200 settlement conferences where parties with settlement authority are present in person, and he may conduct bench and jury trials. In 2012, he received the Civility and Professionalism Award from the Indiana State Bar Association Litigation Section.
Current Law-Related Activities
Member, U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Codes of Conduct
Member, Evansville Bar Association Diversity Committee, Bench and Bar Committee, and Employment Law Group
Co-Chair, Evansville Bar Association Diversity Outreach Committee
Member, Long-Range Planning Committee, Federal Magistrate Judges Association
Member, Local Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana – 2000 to present
Other Law-Related Activities
Board Member (Judicial Representative), Evansville Bar Association – 1997-2000
Appointed to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts Advisory Committee on the Magistrate Judges System – January 1, 1999, to December 31, 2001
Adjunct Instructor, University of Evansville School of Business – 1999-2002: Taught Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law and Procedure to undergraduate students
Frequent Speaker and Organizer of Continuing Legal Education Programs through the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the Evansville Bar Association
The most recent and frequent topics include Bench and Bar Relations, Federal Civil Procedure, Employment Litigation, Evidence, and Local Rules
Notice on Settlement Conference Requirements
Counsel has sought guidance on the Court’s procedures for issuing protective orders and seeking to file documents under seal. The following information and orders are provided for counsel's reference and consideration.
Sample Protective Order Languauge
NOTE: These electronic documents are not the official documents of record and certain nonsubstantive modifications may have been made before posting on this web page. The official records are available at the Clerk's Office or via Pacer.
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