Mulligan of Valparaiso has been selected to serve as Porter County Juvenile
Court Judge Mary DeBoer chose Mulligan from 16 applicants to fill the
vacancy left in May by the resignation of Gwen Rinkeberger.
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.
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.