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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.

Mon, 2017-10-16

The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery is sponsoring a complimentary CLE webinar on November 2, 2017, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT, regarding amendments to FRCP 37(e).  Those interested should click on the "Registration" link below for more information and to register. (Registration is open to the first 1250 registrants.)

The December 2015 amendments to FRCP 37(e) were designed to bring consistency to when courts find the loss of ESI sanctionable.  Has the amendment’s intent to address the “serious problems resulting from the continued exponential growth in the volume of ESI” borne out?  Join distinguished panelists for a discussion of recent cases and recommended practices.

  • Judge Tim Baker, Southern District of Indiana
  • Judge Iain Johnston, Northern District of Illinois
  • Nick Kahlon , Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
  • Jeff Salling, Complete Discovery Source
  • Moderator:  Christine Payne, Kirkland & Ellis

About the Seventh Circuit Pilot Program:
The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery was formed to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve pretrial litigation procedures that would provide fairness and justice to all parties while seeking to reduce the cost and burden of electronic discovery consistent with Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Pilot Program has provided extensive education to thousands of attorneys in the Seventh Circuit and beyond. This CLE session is sponsored by the Pilot Program.
The CLE has been approved for one hour of CLE credit in Illinois, and credit in Indiana is pending.  Only the first 1250 registrants can be accommodated.


Wed, 2017-10-11

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will celebrate the life and career of the late Senior Judge Larry J. McKinney at a memorial ceremony to be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 2:00 pm.
Those wishing to pay tribute to Judge McKinney are invited to view a live video feed of the ceremony at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, in the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom (#216). No RSVP is required to view the live feed. Judge McKinney passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2017.
Additionally, people wishing to share remembrances of Judge McKinney may send such notes to Remembrances will be posted to the Court’s website.
An earlier Press Release featuring full details of Judge McKinney’s life and career may be viewed at
Members of the media wishing to cover the memorial ceremony must contact Public Information Officer Doria Lynch at 317-229-3729 or

Wed, 2017-10-11

Members of the bar are invited to attend a one hour CLE event - Lunch with the Court: Magistrate Judges' Roundtable - on Friday, November 3, 2017.  This CLE event is hosted by the the Federal Bar Association - Indianapolis Division.  Please see the attached flyer and registration form for more details.  NOTE:  Space is limited to the first 50 paid registrants.  If there are any questions regarding this CLE event, please call or email Doris Pryor at (317) 226-6333 or

  Lunch with Judge CLE Flyer

  Lunch with Judge CLE Registration Form

Mon, 2017-10-02

The ongoing Judicial Emergency in the Southern District of Indiana has been exacerbated by the recent unexpected death of Senior District Judge Larry J. McKinney. In a continued effort to ease the Judicial Emergency, effective September 26, 2017, Senior District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, will sit on the bench of the Southern District of Indiana by designation. See the Press Release for complete details. 

Mon, 2017-10-02

Individuals wishing to share remembrances of the Honorable Larry J. McKinney may do so by emailing These reflections will be collected and posted to the Court's website.

Fri, 2017-09-22

As announced yesterday by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Senior District Judge Larry J. McKinney passed away unexpectedly this week. A detailed statement has been released by the Court regarding this tremendous loss. 

Thu, 2017-09-21

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – September 21, 2017: It is with deep sadness and profound shock that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana announces that Senior District Judge Larry J. McKinney passed away overnight. The Court will release further information at a later time.
The Court requests that people respect the family’s privacy at this very difficult time, while keeping Judge McKinney’s wife, children, and grandchildren in their thoughts and prayers.  
All media inquiries should be directed to the Court’s Public Information Officer, Doria Lynch, at 317-229-3729 or

Wed, 2017-09-20

In an effort to ease the ongoing Judicial Emergency in the Southern District of Indiana, beginning on or after October 1, 2017, two Magistrate Judges from the Eastern District of Wisconsin will provide targeted assistance in the Indianapolis division. In addition, Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan of the Southern District of Illinois will be assisting the court by presiding over a trial. See the Press Release for further details. 

Thu, 2017-09-14

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host a Memorial Ceremony in honor of Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, who passed away on August 2, 2017. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

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: