Stalbrink seeks 3rd term on Superior 2 bench


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Richard R. Stalbrink Jr., judge of La Porte Superior Court No. 2, has announced that he is seeking his third term in that role.

Superior Court No. 2 handles general civil and plenary cases, divorces, protective orders, paternity cases, and all of the criminal cases that occur within the prisons in La Porte County.

Since taking office in January 2009, Stalbrink has presided over many jury trials and bench trials each year involving both civil and criminal matters.  Over the last decade, he has heard hundreds of cases involving everything from murder to divorce to complex civil issues.  

In addition to his regular case load, Stalbrink was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve on the Domestic Relations Committee and currently serves as a co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.  The Domestic Relations Committee meets monthly and regularly reviews and revises the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines and the Indiana Child Support Guidelines. The Strategic Plan Committee’s purpose is to improve Indiana’s justice system by assisting with the resolution of disputes under the rule of law while protecting individual rights and liberties in a fair, impartial, equally accessible, prompt, professional, and efficient manner.

Stalbrink has presided over La Porte County’s Re-Entry Court since 2015.  Re-Entry Court is a problem-solving court and is a two-year program that is designed to work with offenders who have been released from long-term prison sentences to re-acclimate them and assist their re-entry into society while holding them accountable.  The goal of re-entry court is to help offenders become productive citizens who are less likely to re-offend or end up back in the criminal justice system. To date, over 83 people have been able to successfully complete the program.   

While serving as judge, Stalbrink has furthered his judicial and legal education by graduating from the Indiana Judicial College and by completing the Graduate Program for Judges through the Indiana Judicial Center.

Stalbrink graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1986, received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State University in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Valparaiso University in 1993.  

Born and raised in La Porte County, Stalbrink served as a deputy prosecutor in La Porte County and maintained a private law practice in Michigan City before being appointed as a juvenile court magistrate in La Porte Circuit Court in 2007.  Stalbrink has served as judge of LaPorte Superior Court No. 2 since being elected in 2008.  

In addition to a busy professional career, Stalbrink is involved in numerous community activities.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of La Porte County. Stalbrink is a past president of the La Porte County Chapter of the American Red Cross and also a past president of the board of directors of the La Porte County Fair Association.  He has also spent many years volunteering with La Porte County 4-H, having been a past president of the 4-H Horse and Pony Committee and former senior leader of the LaPorte County 4-H Horse and Pony Club.  

Stalbrink is currently finishing his second term as judge of LaPorte Superior Court 2 and his 14th year on the bench.  “I love what I do every day as a judge and I would be honored for the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of La Porte County as judge of LaPorte Superior Court No. 2.”

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