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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, 2018-01-24

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore at Indianapolis, Indiana, is due to expire on December 16, 2018.   Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court.  Please see the Public Notice linked below for more information.

  Public Notice for Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge

Tue, 2018-01-02

In the far reaches of southwestern Indiana lies the community of Lyles Station. Settled by free black farmers in 1813, Lyles Station and its citizens have fought many legal battles in a persistent quest for equality and justice. On Friday, February 2, 2018, federal agencies in Indianapolis will sponsor a Black History Month event celebrating the many contributions and legal achievements of the people of Lyles Station. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host the free 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.
Stanley Madison, historian and chairman of the Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation, will provide an overview of the history of Lyles Station, then speak about The State ex rel. James Roundtree v. the Board of Commissioners of Gibson County, Indiana, an 1880s case filed by Lyles Station native James Roundtree to replace and maintain a bridge over the Patoka River. Mr. Roundtree initially lost his case at the county level but successfully appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, a notable achievement for an African American farmer at that time. The presentation will be moderated by Doria Lynch, court historian. The history of Lyles Station is of such significance that it is featured in a prominent exhibit at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Golden Singers of Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities.
This program will last one hour and approval of one hour of Continuing Legal Education credit is pending. 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

Mon, 2017-12-18

Certain amendments to the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will take effect on January 1, 2018.  Please see the attached Public Notice for those amendments.

  Public Notice Re: Amendments to Local Rules

Wed, 2017-12-13

More changes are coming to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, as District Judge William T. Lawrence has notified President Donald J. Trump of his intention to take senior status effective July 1, 2018. Judge Lawrence will continue to render substantial judicial service as a senior judge. 

See the Press Release for complete details.

A photo of Judge Lawrence is available here

Tue, 2017-11-28

Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson and U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler warn the public of a nationwide scam in which the callers pose as U.S. Marshals or other government officials and claim that the victim is about to be arrested for not appearing for jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine.

Read the full Press Release for more information.

Tue, 2017-11-21

Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker was today awarded the Dr. Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education from the Indianapolis Bar Association in recognition of his long-standing dedication to legal education. Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson expressed the court's pride in Judge Baker, who has served with distinction since being appointed a magistrate judge in 2001. Chief Justice John G. Roberts recently nominated Judge Baker to the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, another mark of Judge Baker's high standing in the legal community. 

Details about the award are available here.

Fri, 2017-11-17

The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of attorney Doris L. Pryor as United States Magistrate Judge.   Please click on the link below for the full press release.

  Press Release - Doris Pryor Selected as United States Magistrate Judge

Thu, 2017-11-16

The Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Indiana has recommended, and the District Court has authorized release for a period of public comment through December 16, 2017, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  Please see the attached Notice for details.

  Public Notice for Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

Tue, 2017-10-17

The Judicial Emergency in the Southern District of Indiana, exacerbated by the recent deaths of Senior District Judge Larry J. McKinney and Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, is ongoing. In a continued effort to ease the Judicial Emergency, Chief Judge James E. Shadid, of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with the consent of Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, will assist with the caseload of the Southern District of Indiana, sitting by designation. The Honorable Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, designated Chief Judge Shadid and Judge Pallmeyer on October 5, 2017 and October 12, 2017, respectively. 
Please see the Press Release for further information. 

Tue, 2017-10-17

The Tenth Annual Court History and Continuing Legal Education Symposium, entitled "The Art of Legal History: From Film to Stone and Every Medium in Between," will be presented on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Court House, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. The program will be held in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (Courtroom 202). Organized by the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and sponsored by the Court, this two-hour Continuing Legal Education event will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Please see the Press Release for further information.