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Thomas L. Kirsch II, of Schererville

Thomas L. Kirsch II, of Schererville

HAMMOND — Thomas L. Kirsch II officially started work Tuesday as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen administered the oath of office to Kirsch early Tuesday in Van Bokkelen's courtroom in Hammond.

Van Bokkelen hired Kirsch as an assistant U.S. Attorney in 2001, a few months after VanBokkelen himself was sworn into office as U.S. Attorney. VanBokkelen left in 2007 to become a federal judge.

Kirsch is a Schererville resident who practiced law in Chicago until the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment last week.

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President Donald Trump nominated Kirsch in July to oversee criminal prosecutions for the U.S. District offices of Hammond, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Lafayette. The U.S. District of Northern Indiana comprises 32 counties.

Kirsch replaces Clifford Johnson, who has been serving as acting U.S. attorney since former U.S. Attorney David Capp's departure in March.

Kirsch served as an assistant U.S. attorney here from 2001 to 2008. He focused on white collar investigations and prosecutions, including the prosecution of numerous elected and appointed public officials.

He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1996 in economics and political science, with honors, and a law degree from Harvard University.

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Lake County Reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.