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Magistrate Judges to Host Virtual Continuing Legal Education Program

Sunday, April 26, 2020

On April 30, 2020, our District’s Magistrate Judges will host an attorney training program: Navigating the Federal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This one-hour training will take place via Zoom video conferencing and will begin promptly at 1 p.m. C.S.T. / 2 p.m. E.S.T. The overall goal of the program is to increase attorney awareness about the Court’s operations during these unparalleled times. The primary focus will be to give attorneys guidance on participating in remote criminal proceedings.

Presenters will include:

Magistrate Judge Michael Gotsch (South Bend Division)
Magistrate Judge Susan Collins (Fort Wayne Division)
Magistrate Judge John Martin (Hammond Division)
Magistrate Judge Joshua Kolar (Hammond Division)
Deputy Chief Probation Officer Brendon Pierpaoli
Acting Chief Mark Bertoncini, U.S. Marshal’s Office
Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell
Assistant Federal Community Defender Roxanne Mendez Johnson
Rob Kinsella, Attorney, Clerk’s Office of U.S. Court, N.D. Indiana
Ben Ruf, Network Systems Engineer, Clerk’s Office of U.S. Court, N.D. Indiana

Attendance for this event is limited to practicing attorneys in the State of Indiana. There is no cost to attend and 1 hour of Indiana Continuing Legal Education credit has been approved.

For more information, contact Rob Kinsella at