St. Joseph Superior Court magistrate Paul E. Singleton was appointed bankruptcy judge for a 14-year term in the Indiana Northern District, based in South Bend. Singleton will take office on July 29, replacing bankruptcy judge Harry C. Dees Jr.
7ththe District chief judge Diane S. Sykes announced the appointment of Singleton Wednesday after the court began searching for Dees’ successor last July.
Singleton has led criminal and civil proceedings before St. Joseph Superior Court since 2015. After graduating from law school, he worked for Indiana Legal Services, where he practiced family and landlord / tenant law. He then joined the St. Joseph County’s Family Justice Center, where he handled civil defense orders. Singleton also worked for the private law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and was Assistant City Attorney for the City of South Bend.
He is a member of and co-president of the St. Joseph County Bar Association
Diversity Committee. Singleton is also a member of the St. Joseph County Bar Foundation, the Robert A. Grant American Inn of Court, and the Indiana Civil Bench Book Committee, and serves on the board of directors of ILS and is a past director of the Youth Services office.
Singleton graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his law degree with Pro Bono Distinction from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Prior to law school, Singleton taught social studies for Teach for America at the National Academy Foundation High School in Baltimore.
A date for Singleton’s formal investiture in the bankruptcy court has not yet been set.