Jennifer Koethe served as Judge of La Porte County Superior Court No. 3 from January 2009 through January 2015. While on the bench, Jennifer oversaw approximately 2,500 civil cases, 1,300 misdemeanor cases and 9,500 traffic infractions per year.
In addition, she was instrumental in the creation of the La Porte County Veterans Treatment Court and Mentor Program. The Veterans Treatment Court is a problem-solving court, which uses a team approach to provide veterans in the criminal justice system with intensive treatment and judicial monitoring.
Prior to serving as Judge of La Porte County Superior Court No. 3, Koethe served as a part-time Deputy Prosecutor from 1999-2002 in La Porte Superior Court No. 4 with extensive trial experience in traffic cases, misdemeanor and D felony cases. From 2002-2009, she served as a felony Deputy Prosecutor assigned to the La Porte Circuit Court with extensive trial experience prosecuting major felony cases such as child molesting, robbery, rape and several high profile murder cases. Additionally, Koethe was the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Michigan City from 2001 -2005 and the City Attorney from 2005-2009. She maintained a general civil law practice from 1999-2009.
Koethe graduated Cum Laude from the Lee Honors College of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1995, and from Valparaiso School of Law in 1999. Koethe was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve on the Special Courts Committee; is a volunteer with the La Porte County Youth Services Bureau as a Teen Court Judge; previously sat on the Board for the La Porte County Community Corrections Program; and is a member of the La Porte County Bar Association and the La Porte County League of Women Voters.
Koethe currently serves as a Deputy Public Defender for La Porte County, Attorney for the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, Attorney for the Michigan City Fire Merit Commission and the Michigan City Police Civil Service Commission.