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Former Assistant US Attorney M. Kendra Klump has officially joined the Indiana Southern District Court as Magistrate Judge.
Klump was sworn in in a private ceremony on Friday, according to a federal court press release. She succeeds Judge Doris L. Pryor, who was promoted to the 7th tierth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“During their interview, the district judges were overwhelmingly impressed with Kendra Klump’s intelligence, willingness and passion for the pursuit of equal justice before the law,” Chief Justice Tanya Walton Pratt said at the ceremony, according to a press release. “She has also demonstrated these skills as Assistant United States Attorney, and each of these qualities will serve her very well as a judge.”
Klump, who graduated from Georgetown University in 2004, spent her early career at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC
She then enrolled at the University of Michigan Law School in May 2008 and graduated in December 2010. While in law school, Klump was a Darrow Fellow, a Rakow Fellow, earned certificates of merit for achievement in administrative law and securities regulation, and was an Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review.
After law school, Klump worked for current Chief Justice Judith W. Rogers on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit before accepting a position as Assistant US Attorney in Cleveland.
In January 2017, she became Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana — briefly with Pryor, who was also Assistant U.S. Attorney — where she became chief of the district’s drug trafficking division in February 2022.
Klump is a member of the Women and the Law Division and Criminal Justice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association and serves on the Women and the Law Division’s mentoring program. She is also a member of the 2022-2024 Steering Committee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which aims to improve diversity, professional development and relationships throughout the federal court community.
In Ohio, she served on the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association of the Northern District of Ohio.
At her swearing-in ceremony, Klump said she thought about the phrase “abundance attitude.”
“That’s the mantra that my family and I embraced and embraced every day,” she said, according to the press release. “These words help us remember all the great things we have: opportunities, family, friends, home and health.
“Our youngest child can’t yet say ‘cessation of abundance,’ but when we say those words every night before dinner, she knows something wonderful and good is about to happen,” she continued. “He is happy and grateful to be at the table with his family and like him I am very excited for what is to come. I look forward to sitting at this table with my family and my new extended court family.”
Klump’s formal inauguration ceremony will take place at a later date.
Magistrates are appointed by district judges for eight-year terms, renewable for additional terms. They conduct numerous pre-trial proceedings in both civil and criminal matters, as well as mediation and settlement proceedings in civil matters.
Indiana’s Southern District Court may soon have another magistrate’s vacancy as Magistrate Judge Matthew Brookman has been nominated to replace Judge Richard Young, who has announced his plans to assume higher status.