Scott J. Frankel Appointed as U.S. Magistrate Judge for South Bend Division of Northern Indiana District Court

Scott-J-FrankelScott J. Frankel has been selected as the new United States Magistrate Judge for the South Bend Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, succeeding the retiring Honorable Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. Frankel was chosen from among 30 applicants after a rigorous selection process that involved a panel of lawyers and non-lawyers recommending five finalists, from which the court’s bench ultimately selected Frankel.

Frankel brings with him extensive litigation experience in both criminal and civil matters, having served as a staff attorney with the Northern District of Indiana’s Federal Community Defenders office since 2018. His career includes law clerking, public defense work, and private sector practice. Chief Judge Holly A. Brady praised Frankel’s qualifications, emphasizing his litigation experience, calm demeanor, and compassion for clients.

As a magistrate judge, Frankel’s duties will encompass a broad range of responsibilities, including conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, hearing pretrial matters, ruling on motions, holding trials for misdemeanor and civil cases, conducting settlement conferences, and other duties outlined in 28 U.S.C. § 636. Frankel’s appointment is subject to completion of required IRS and FBI background investigations.

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