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Indiana Department of Child Services

Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Contact Us > Agency Contact Information > ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE (ALJ) QUALIFICATION INFORMATION ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE (ALJ) QUALIFICATION INFORMATION

Hon. Tamara B. Wilson, Chief Administrative Law Judge (Chief ALJ)

Chief ALJ Wilson has been a licensed attorney in good standing with the Indiana Supreme Court since 2007. She joined DCS in 2011 and has served as an ALJ since 2015. She is also a Deputy General Counsel in DCS Legal, administering the DCS Hearings & Appeals division.  Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel and Chief ALJ, Judge Wilson litigated before state courts and administrative tribunals in Indiana, and advised clients on issues related to child welfare, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance), and employment matters.  In addition, Judge Wilson has experience with representing individuals in other civil and criminal law matters in state and federal courts.

Hon. Wade Hornbacher, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

ALJ Hornbacher has been a licensed attorney in good standing with the Indiana Supreme Court since 2009. He joined DCS in 2013 and has served as an ALJ since 2015. He is also the DCS General Counsel.  Prior to becoming General Counsel, Judge Hornbacher served as the DCS Internal and Legal Affairs Officer.  Judge Hornbacher previously served the State of Indiana as a Deputy Attorney General, representing the state in state and federal courts in civil litigation.

Hon. Erin K. Lahr, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

ALJ Lahr has been a licensed attorney in good standing with the Indiana Supreme Court since 2008. She joined DCS in 2010 and has served as an ALJ since 2015. Prior to becoming an ALJ, Judge Lahr litigated before state courts and administrative tribunals in Indiana, and advised clients on issues related to child welfare, adoption/adoption assistance, child support, foster home licensing, guardianships/guardianship assistance and custody matters.  In addition, Judge Lahr has experience with representing individuals in other civil and criminal law matters in Indiana state courts.

Hon. Robert Sembroski, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

ALJ Sembroski has been a licensed attorney in good standing with the Indiana Supreme Court since 1979.  He joined DCS in 2010, and served as an ALJ from 2010 to 2014, and again beginning in 2016.  Prior to coming to DCS, ALJ Sembroski was a staff attorney in the FSSA Office of General Counsel, representing the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, where, among other things, he served as an ALJ for the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services.  Prior to working for FSSA, he was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson and Switzerland Counties, Indiana, where his duties included supervision of the IV-D child support enforcement program.  ALJ Sembroski has also had experience in civil litigation before the Indiana trial courts and the Indiana Court of Appeals, representing both public and private entities.

Hon. Douglas Purdy, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

ALJ Purdy has been a licensed attorney in good standing with the Indiana Supreme Court since 1994. He joined DCS in 2010 as a local office attorney and served in three different counties, representing the agency in CHINS proceedings and matters involving adoption assistance.  In May of 2015 he became Chief Counsel in Region 8.  He has served as an ALJ since November, 2016. Prior to joining DCS, Judge Purdy worked in private practice, worked at a non-profit university and for the first half of his career worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney, first in Lake County and then for nine years in Marion County.  He has extensive litigation experience in criminal and child welfare matters having tried hundreds of cases in a dozen counties.  He has taught business law, constitutional law, criminal procedure and history at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has experience in contract drafting and negotiations and has advised clients in wide array of areas including higher education, criminal law, landlord-tenant law, and child welfare matters.  

Compensation

All ALJ’s listed above are understood to be full time state employees with standard medical, insurance, leave, and any other state benefits available to them. See State Personnel Department’s (SPD) homepage for more information. Salary and other public information for state ALJs and other employees can be found at the Indiana Transparency Portal.