Larry Jim McKinney


Larry Jim McKinney



Larry Jim McKinney was born in South Bend, Indiana, on the Fourth of July, 1944. A graduate of John Adams High School (Class of 1962), in South Bend, McKinney then attended MacMurry College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Majoring in Government, McKinney graduated with an A.B. degree in 1966. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his JD degree in 1969. He would later receive honorary doctorates from Franklin College and MacMurray College.

After law school, McKinney was hired by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, first as a law clerk and then a year later as a Deputy Attorney General. In 1971, McKinney and his friend Charlie Rogers opened a private practice in Edinburgh, Indiana. In 1974, he moved to Greenwood and joined Jim Sergeant in the firm of Sergeant & McKinney. He remained with the firm until 1978, when he was elected to the Circuit Court of Johnson County.

Nine years later, President Ronald Reagan nominated McKinney to the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana. McKinney was confirmed and was sworn in on July 27, 1987. McKinney served as Chief Judge of the court from 2001 until 2007. Judge Larry McKinney assumed Senior Status on the court in 2009, and died in 2017.


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