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Attorney Kristen Mulligan tapped as Juvenile Magistrate

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Attorney Kristen Mulligan of Valparaiso has been selected to serve as Porter County Juvenile Magistrate.

Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary DeBoer chose Mulligan from 16 applicants to fill the vacancy left in May by the resignation of Gwen Rinkeberger.

Mulligan graduated from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2006 and for the past 10 years worked for the Department of Child Services as a staff attorney in Porter, Lake, and Starke counties. She also worked in the Admissions Department at VU School of Law from 2006 to 2009.

The Porter County Juvenile Magistrate presides over juvenile delinquency, paternity, child-in-need of services (CHINS), and termination of parental rights cases.

“Judge DeBoer focused on the applicants who had experience in CHINS matters--cases, that is, involving the Department of Child Services--because these cases are some of the most difficult, serious, and emergent that come before the courts,” according to a statement released by DeBoer’s office. “Kristen, having represented the Department of Child Services for 10 years, has an excellent working knowledge of this court and the juvenile system. She has the experience needed for these very emotionally trying cases.”

“Although many of the applicants brought many years of experience to the table, I wanted someone who not only possessed the legal knowledge to perform the job, but also someone who is motivated to collaborate with the other juvenile departments and community agencies for the benefit of Porter County youth,” DeBoer said. “Porter County juvenile programs are among the top in the state. We have an excellent reputation for being on the front end of new cutting-edge programs for the children in Porter County. I wanted to be sure that whomever I appointed to serve as the Magistrate is someone who works well with others and who is devoted and committed to advancing the programming we have for our children. Kristen is that person.”

Mulligan will begin serving in her new position in mid-July.


Posted 6/25/2020




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