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News & Announcements: 02/2024

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.

Thu, 2024-02-29

A formal investiture ceremony celebrating the appointment of Crystal S. Wildeman as United States Magistrate Judge took place on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Evansville. Judge Wildeman fills the vacancy created by the elevation of the Honorable Matthew P. Brookman from magistrate judge to district judge of the Southern District of Indiana. Please see the Press Release for details. 

Tue, 2024-02-13

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indianapolis Bar Association are pleased to celebrate Women's History Month. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush will present Amazing Grace: The Ascension of Hoosier Women in the Law, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 3:00 pm. The hour-long program will be held in Courtroom 202 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse. A virtual option will be available for those who cannot attend in person. See the Press Release for full details.

Mon, 2024-02-05

INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2024) – Registration is now open for the 5th annual Federal Court Teacher Institute, hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. This immersive workshop will take place on June 12-13, 2024, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Topics vary annually, and this year's program will take an intensive look at jury service. Teachers will explore all aspects of jury service, while meeting with judges, attorneys, and court professionals. An enlightening simulation of jury selection, presided over by District Judge James R. Sweeney II, will serve as a capstone experience for participating teachers. In addition to taking an in-depth look at juries, teachers will gain practical knowledge of the federal court system and leave the event with new ideas for educating their students about the judicial branch of government.

The workshop is free, and registration is open to middle school and high school teachers. Space is limited – and early registration is recommended! To reserve a seat, download a registration form at Questions? Contact Mary Giorgio at (317) 229-3711 or by email: