The United States Senate today confirmed Jane Magnus-Stinson to serve as a federal district judge for southern Indiana. Senator Evan Bayh recommended Judge Magnus-Stinson to President Obama, who nominated her to the District Court in January. Her confirmation makes her the third woman in Indiana history to serve as a federal district court judge.
"I congratulate Jane Magnus-Stinson on her confirmation as the next federal judge for the Southern District of Indiana," Bayh said. "Throughout her distinguished career, she has been devoted to the fair and efficient administration of justice. As someone who had the privilege of working closely with Jane during my time as governor, I can say with confidence that she possesses the highest ethical standards and a firm commitment to applying our country's laws faithfully."
Judge Magnus-Stinson has served as a federal Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Indiana since 2007. She previously served as a judge in the Marion Superior Court from 1995 to 2007. Magnus-Stinson has been honored as "Judge of the Year" by the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault and as an "Outstanding Judge" by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference and the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association.
Prior to her time on the bench, Magnus-Stinson served as legal counsel and deputy chief of staff to then-Governor Evan Bayh from 1991 to 1995. She maintained a civil litigation practice at the firm of Lewis & Wagner from 1983 to 1990. She is a 1983 graduate of Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and a 1979 graduate of Butler University.