On November 28, 2017, Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson and U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler warned the public of a nationwide scam in which individuals pose as government officials and claim the victim is about to be arrested for failing to appear for jury duty, failing to pay an IRS penalty, or defaulting on a legal or contractual obligation. Individuals are told that they can avoid arrest by paying a fine. The contact may be via telephone, email, or written correspondence. The Southern District of Indiana has become aware that in an attempt to make the scam more convincing, perpetrators are using the names of real government officials, including the name of Clerk Laura Briggs. Also, in some cases, the scammers are “spoofing” real courthouse phone numbers, making it appear as though the call is coming from the courthouse. Please be advised that the U.S. Courts do not operate in this way. Federal Court officials will never call or e-mail a member of the public to demand payment. Anyone receiving such a phone call or e-mail is welcome to call the District Court Clerk’s Office at 317-229-3700 to verify that the attempt to collect payment is a scam. The full press release is linked below.
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A retirement ceremony will be held in honor of Senior District Judge William T. Lawrence on Tuesday, July 2, at 3:00 pm. Please see the attached Press Release for further information.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will sponsor a training session for attorneys on modest means/pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence in Indiana. The training will take place on Friday, June 28, 2019, from noon to 1:30 PM in the court’s Jury Assembly Room (room 172), located on the first floor of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. Please see the Press Release for information and registration instructions.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced today that Andrea K. McCord has been appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. Judge McCord will take office on May 20, 2019, where she will succeed Bankruptcy Judge Basil H. Lorch, III. Please see the Press Release for further information.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana mourns the death of former Senator Birch Bayh, who passed away overnight at the age of 91. Please see attached Press Release.
The Federal Court Family Celebrates Black History Month with Black Migrations: The Impact on Society and Social Justice in America
In 2011, Marcia M. Anderson made history as she became the first African American woman to achieve the rank of Major General in the United States Army. General Anderson retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2016 after 36 years of service; also an attorney, she has spent over 25 years as the clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Her accomplishments make General Anderson the ideal speaker for the federal court family’s annual Black History Month event.
On Friday, May 3, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host General Anderson as she presents “Black Migrations: The Impact on Society and Social Justice in America.” This free event will begin at 2:00 pm in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (courtroom 202) at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. General Anderson’s remarks will focus on the many migrations of African Americans during the twentieth century, such as movements from southern states to northern states and how that changed urban populations, the workplace, electoral politics, education, and influenced the civil rights movement.
In addition to her military service and work at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, General Anderson is a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law, the U. S. Army War College, and Creighton University. Her awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medals, as well as the Parachutists Badge. She is currently a member of Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers, the only publicly owned franchise in the National Football League.
Musical entertainment will be provided by recording artist Sharon “Bunnie” Moore of Indianapolis. Her first CD recording, “Glory To Your Name,” was nominated for the Rhythm of Gospel Independent Artist Awards in 4 categories. Sharon was nominated in 3 categories at the Kingdom Image Awards in 2017 and 2018: Best Female Artist, Female Artist of the Year, and Artist of the Year.
This program will last one hour, and one hour of Continuing Legal Education credit has been approved. Pre-registration is NOT required.
The program is free and open to the public. Photography will be permitted during the program. If you would like to send a photographer and/or reporter to cover the program, or if you have other questions, please contact Doria Lynch at 317-229-3729 or Doria_Lynch@insd.uscourts.gov.
The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce that a formal swearing-in ceremony for United States District Judge James Patrick Hanlon is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse. Chief Judge Magnus-Stinson will preside over the en banc ceremony in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (courtroom 202). See the Press Release for more information.
The Black History Month event that was set to take place on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse has been POSTPONED. A new date will be announced when it is known. Questions may be directed to the court's media liaison, Doria Lynch, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women's Voices in the Courtroom event set for January 25, at 1:00 pm, has been moved to the Wynne Courtroom, Inlow Hall, 530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Individuals who previously registered but can no longer attend due to the change in venue are requested to email email@example.com as soon as possible to withdraw their registration. Please see the Press Release for further details.
In observation of the national day of mourning declared by the President of the United States, in recognition of the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, and balancing with the needs of the public and litigants, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be operating on a modified basis on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The Terre Haute and New Albany Divisions will be closed. The Indianapolis and Evansville Divisions will operate with limited staff. Litigants with proceedings scheduled in the Indianapolis and Evansville Divisions should assume all scheduled proceedings will move forward, unless specifically notified otherwise by the Court.