ABOUT THE CRIMINAL TRIAL DIVISION

Elkhart County deputy prosecuting attorneys all have, at a minimum, a Doctorate of Jurisprudence graduate degree and are members in good standing with the Indiana State Attorney Licensing Division.  All further increase their professional development with continuing legal education, additional specialized training, a mentoring program, community networking and some teaching experiences.

Whether responding to the scene of a homicide or making a final closing argument to a jury, Elkhart County deputy prosecuting attorneys and the Criminal Trial Division team are committed to providing high level of service expected by the citizens of Elkhart County.

DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS

Vicki E. Becker, Chief Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis (1997)
Bachelor of Arts:
University of Indianapolis

Laura L. Bird, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence: 
Notre Dame Law School (2012)
Bachelor of Arts: 
Purdue University (2009)

Peter A. Britton, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Valparaiso University School of Law (2004)
Bachelor of Science:
Manchester College (2001)

Eric S. Ditton, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Valparaiso University School of Law, cum laude (2009)
Bachelor of Arts:
Purdue University (2006)

Patrick G. Dowd, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Case Western Reserve University (2009)
Bachelor of Arts:
University of Notre Dame (1999)

Katelan M. Doyle, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Notre Dame Law School (2010)
Bachelor of Business Administration: 
University of Notre Dame (2007)

David Francisco, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2005)
Bachelor of Arts:
University of California, Los Angeles (1998)

Kathleen L. Gring, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis (2011)
Bachelor of General Studies:
Indiana University, Bloomington (2006)

Shelley Gupta, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence: 
Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law (2012)
Bachelor of Arts/Philosophy: 
Bryn Mawr College (2009)

Nathaniel Henson, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Valparaiso University School of Law (2004)
Bachelor Arts:
Indiana University (2001)

Christopher L. Lerner, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Valparaiso University School of Law (2004)
Bachelor of Science: 
Bethel College (2001)

Jennifer A. Munro, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Valparaiso University School of Law (2008)
Bachelor of Arts:
Purdue University (2001)

Don E. Pitzer, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Indiana University School of Law (1990)
Bachelor in Political Science and Religious Studies:
Indiana University (1987)

Leslie A. Shively, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2012)
Bachelor of Arts:
Anderson University (2004)

Lucas A. Shoemake, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Valparaiso University School of Law (2012)
Bachelor of Science:
Purdue University (2009)

Susan A. Snyder, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Mississippi College of Law (1985)
Bachelor of Arts:
Purdue University (1981)

Peter C. Soldato, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
University of Chicago Law School (2013)
Bachelor of Arts:
Butler University, Indianapolis (2010)

James Stewart-Brown, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Indiana University School of Law (2006)
Bachelor of Arts:
Indiana University (2002)

Michelle H. Weeks, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Michigan State University College of Law (2012)
Bachelor of Arts: 
Sewanee: The University of the South (2009)

Bruce A. Wells, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
Notre Dame Law School (1996)
Master of Divinity:
Princeton Theological Seminary (1983)
Bachelor of Science:
Northwestern University (1977)

Joel V. Williams, Deputy Prosecutor

Doctor of Jurisprudence:
University of Toledo Law School (1996)
Bachelor of Arts:
University of Michigan (1992)

Chiefs

Vicki E. Becker, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Joel V. Williams, Chief of Administration
Edward A. Windbigler, Chief Investigator