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Michael Dvorak a native of South Bend, graduated from St. Joseph High School, attended Loyola University in Chicago, receiving his BA in History.  In 1975 he graduated from Western State University College of Law in San Diego. Michael worked as a deputy prosecutor in Modesto, California.  In 1977, he returned to South Bend, where he worked as a part time public defender while establishing a private practice.  Mr. Dvorak resigned as a public defender in 1986 and was then elected to his first of eight terms in the Indiana House of Representatives, serving until 2002 when he was first elected as Prosecuting Attorney for St. Joseph County.

While in the Legislature he served as Chair of the Courts and Criminal Codes Committee, Chair of the Rules Committee, and as a member of the bi-partisan Ethics Oversight committee. In 1994 he was presented the Legislator of the Year Award by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.  And is past president of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Association. 

Mr. Dvorak has been active in community organizations including coaching youth soccer in the and serving as president of his homeowners’ association.  He has served on statewide commissions, including the Criminal Law Study Commission, the Commission on Abused and Neglected Children, and the State Prenatal Substance Abuse Commission.  He helped to establish the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, and currently serves on the CASIE Center board.

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