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News & Announcements: 08/2017

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Wed, 2017-08-30

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to the rules and forms.  The public comment period closes on February 15, 2018. The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted on the Judiciary’s website at:

Tue, 2017-08-29

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indiana State Bar Association Latino Affairs Committee will sponsor a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host the event at 2:00 pm in the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom (courtroom 216) at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
United States District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel will be the featured speaker and reflect on his remarkable journey from his childhood in northwest Indiana to his current position as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Judge Curiel will talk about his parents, the great opportunities afforded to his family in America, the importance of diversity in our country, and the role of the law in protecting our rights.
Registration is required and is available by visiting
 Please see the Press Release for further details.

Wed, 2017-08-23

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Indiana at Indianapolis.    Attached below is the full public notice.  Application forms and more information on the Magistrate Judge position may be obtained in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court in Indianapolis, New Albany, Evansville, or Terre Haute, Indiana, and also are available on the District Court’s website at:
  Public Notice for Appointment of New Magistrate Judge

Tue, 2017-08-22

The Circuit’s Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions has, with the permission of the Circuit Counsel, revised Parts 6 and 7 of the earlier version. The revised version is linked below.

  Revised 7th Circuit Pattern Civil Jury Instructions

Mon, 2017-08-07

The U.S. District Court is offering a free Prisoner Civil Rights Litigation Continuing Legal Education Program on September 11, 2017.  For more information, please visit the court's Pro Bono Assistance Opportunities & Resource page.

Thu, 2017-08-03

It is with deep sadness that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana announces the death of Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue on August 2, 2017. Judge LaRue was appointed to the court on May 11, 2011, and filled a new magistrate judgeship that had been created for the Southern District of Indiana by the Judicial Conference of the United States.  For complete details, please see the Press Release.