Chambers: Room 209
Phone: (317) 229-3610
Courtroom Deputy: Cara Chittenden
Phone: (317) firstname.lastname@example.org
William T. Lawrence was sworn in as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on June 26, 2008. His appointment by President George W. Bush followed his service as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Indiana, a position he had held since November 2002. Judge Lawrence is the first Magistrate Judge in the Southern District to become a District Judge.
Prior to being a Magistrate Judge, Judge Lawrence was an elected Judge of the Marion County Circuit Court from 1996 to 2002, after serving as a part-time Master Commissioner there for 13 ½ years. He served as a part-time Public Defender in the Marion County Criminal Court IV for nine years.
In 1980, Judge Lawrence was appointed Executive Director of Indiana’s first Merit Selection Commission on Federal Judicial Appointments by Senator Richard Lugar. He served on the Indianapolis Fire Department Civilian Merit Board from 1983 to 1989. He has been a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association since 1973. Judge Lawrence was elected to the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference in September 1997, and re-elected in 1999 and in 2001 where he served on the Court Management Committee. In 1997 he was appointed, and then re-appointed in 1999 and 2001 as Chairman of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Commission. He was nominated in 1997 as a "Fellow of the Foundation" by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and currently serves as "Master" in the Sagamore American Inn.
Judge Lawrence attended Louisiana State University from 1965 to 1968. He graduated from Indiana University in 1970 and Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1973.
Trial Procedure -- Judge William T. Lawrence
Counsel has sought guidance on the Court’s procedures for issuing protective orders and seeking to file documents under seal. On January 15, 2015, a Uniform Protective Order was approved by the Court.
Uniform Protective Order (Approved by the Court 1/15/2015)