Jane Magnus-Stinson was sworn in as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on June 14, 2010. With the support of Senators Lugar and Bayh, Judge Magnus-Stinson was nominated by President Obama on January 20, 2010, to the seat vacated by Judge Larry J. McKinney upon his assumption of senior status.
Prior to her appointment as District Judge, Judge Magnus-Stinson served as a Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Indiana, a position she has held since January 2007. Preceding that appointment, she was appointed and then twice elected Judge of the Marion Superior Court serving from 1995-2007. She served as Associate Presiding Judge during 2005-06. Judge Magnus-Stinson served as counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Evan Bayh from 1991 to 1995. She maintained a civil litigation practice at the firm of Lewis & Wagner from 1983 through 1990.
Judge Magnus-Stinson is a frequent teacher of judges and lawyers, teaching trial advocacy on both a national and international basis. She is active in the Indianapolis Bar Association serving as the Chair of its Pro Bono Standing Committee from 2005-06, as a Vice President in 2004, and on the Board of Managers in 2002-03. She is currently chair of its professionalism committee. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference, and past member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association, and Chair of its Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, coordinating a complete revision of the Indiana Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions.
Magnus-Stinson is a 1983 cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, and a 1979 cum laude graduate of Butler University. Judge Magnus-Stinson is a past Member and Vice-Chair of the Wishard Memorial Foundation Board of Directors and Past President of Big Sisters of Central Indiana.