Recent Law Graduate Sworn in as Deputy Attorney General for Victim Assistance Program
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued the oath of office to Deputy Attorney General Michelle Bumgarner, ‘10 during a ceremony held at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis on January 21, 2011. Bumgarner joined the office as the Director of Victim Advocacy Programs which serves victims during the criminal appeal process. In this role, she will help crime victims understand what to expect when their offender appeals a conviction and keep victims and their families informed throughout the appellate process.
The Attorney General's office offers a variety of support and services to crime victims. Beyond keeping victims updated on cases on appeal, the Appellate Victim Program works to provides victims and their families with resources and referrals to other service providers. The AG's Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) allows victims of domestic violence who have moved away from their abusers to register for a confidential P.O. Box that can be used in place of a physical address. Bumgarner will work to identify ways to expand these and other services while meeting the requirements of the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant which funds the state's programs.
"The combination of Michelle's experience with the criminal justice system, legal education and enthusiasm for public service makes her uniquely qualified to advocate for victims," Zoeller said.
"As a domestic violence survivor, I have experienced the criminal justice system first hand and recognize how fortunate survivors and their families are in Indiana to have the support of the Attorney General's Office, the Legislature and Judiciary," Bumgarner said. "It is my honor and pleasure to join the office and continue that commitment to public service and develop programs with the goal of serving the needs and dignity of survivors."
A Wisconsin native, Bumgarner moved to Indiana in 1993. She graduated from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 2010. She also received an M.A. in English Literature from Butler University and a B.A.r in English Literature from IUPUI.