Valparaiso University Law School Alumni John E. Martin to serve as United States Magistrate Judge for the Court in the Hammond Division

The Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana announce that they have selected John E. Martin to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Court in the Hammond Division.  Mr. Martin will succeed the Honorable Andrew P. Rodovich upon his retirement.

Martin was among 42 people who applied for the judgeship.  A panel of lawyers and non-lawyers reviewed the applications and recommended five (5) finalists for the position.  The judges on the court interviewed the finalists and selected Martin.

Chief Judge Phillip P. Simon said that Martin “is an outstanding attorney with significant experience representing defendants in Federal court and state court, and also as a prosecutor in State court.” Simon noted Martin was chosen from a group of highly qualified applicants and commended the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel “for having done an exceptional job of screening the applicants.”  Simon said the judges of the Northern District of Indiana “look forward to welcoming John Martin as a United States magistrate judge on our court.”

A magistrate judge’s duties include conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases and presiding over hearings and the trial in civil cases and misdemeanor cases with the consent of all parties.  At the request of district judges, magistrate judges also handle pretrial motions and attempts to resolve civil cases short of trial.

Martin is a graduate of the Valparaiso University Law School.  He currently serves as deputy federal community defender in Hammond.  Mr. Martin will assume office March 1, 2013.

Contact: Nicole Skinner – (219) 465-7832,

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