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Mon, 2018-03-19

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 19, 2018): Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson is pleased to announce that the Honorable William T. Lawrence has received the 2018 Silver Gavel Award from the Indianapolis Bar Association.


Judge Lawrence was sworn in as a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in June 2008. Judge Lawrence is the first district judge in the Southern District to have previously served as a magistrate judge, a position he held from November 2002 until his elevation. He recently announced his intention to assume senior status, effective July 1, 2018.


Prior to his service on the federal bench, Judge Lawrence was an elected judge of the Marion Circuit Court, after serving as a part-time Master Commissioner there for over 13 years. In 1980, Judge Lawrence was appointed Executive Director of Indiana’s first Merit Selection Commission on Federal Judicial Appointments by Senator Richard Lugar. Judge Lawrence is an Indianapolis Bar Foundation Fellow and currently serves as Master in the Sagamore American Inn. Judge Lawrence graduated from Indiana University and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

His nomination for the Silver Gavel Award referred to Judge Lawrence’s long and exemplary service in the law and on the bench: "Judge Lawrence has had stellar careers as a lawyer, state court judge and on the federal bench. He's respected in the legal community and is recognized as a judge who treats lawyers, and their clients, well. He never forgot what it is like to be on the other side of the bench."


The Court congratulates Judge Lawrence on this award and thanks him for his continued service to the citizens of the Southern District of Indiana.



Thu, 2018-03-01

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 Doris L. Pryor today, March 1, 2018, began her duties as United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Pryor fills the vacancy created by the untimely death of Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, who passed away on August 2, 2017. 

Please see the Press Release for complete details.

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