HAMMOND, Indiana – On October 10, 2023, Chief Judge Holly A. Brady congratulated Magistrate Judge Joshua P. Kolar on his nomination by President Joseph R. Biden to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. If confirmed, Judge Kolar will fill the vacancy left behind by the death of Judge Michael S. Kanne.
In her statement about Judge Kolar, Chief Judge Brady wrote that the judges of the Northern District of Indiana are extremely proud of Magistrate Judge Kolar for being nominated to the Seventh Circuit. She also remarked that Judge Kolar “has been a tremendous asset as a member of the judiciary for the Northern District [of Indiana]…his thoughtful and humble approach to the matters pending before him will surely be missed by the bench, the bar and litigants, the judges anxiously await Judge Kolar’s much deserved confirmation.”
Judge Kolar was appointed to his current position on January 1, 2019, and previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, the National Security Lead in the Northen District of Indiana, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, where he was on active duty in Afghanistan from 2014-2015, an associate attorney at Mayer Brown LLP, and as a law clerk for Judge Wayne R. Anderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
A public notice seeking applicants to fill a U.S. Magistrate Judge vacancy has been posted on the Northern District of Indiana’s website. U.S. Magistrate Judges are appointed by District Judges and serve terms of 8 years with the ability to be reappointed for successive terms.