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Mission Statement

Indiana Code 14-10-2-2 authorized establishment of the Division of Hearings, an authority implemented by Commission resolution in 1990. In addition to assisting the Commission with administrative review, the Division of Hearings also provides Administrative Law Judges for actions by the Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists and the Indiana Board of Registration for Soil Scientists.

The Division of Hearings is the only division established within the Indiana Natural Resources Commission. The Division of Hearings assists with the conduct of appeals, the preparation of permanent rules, nonrule policy documents, and other initiatives by the Commission.

 

MEET THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES

Sandra L. Jensen

Sandra L. Jensen has been an attorney licensed in Indiana since 1990, when she earned her J.D. from IU School of Law-Indianapolis. Jensen’s legal career began as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Marion County Indiana from 1990 to 1992 and in Clay County Indiana from 1992 to 1995.  After a short time in private practice, Jensen served as a supervising attorney for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission until approximately 2000 since which time she has devoted her career to environmental and natural resources law.

Jensen served as the Director of Criminal Investigations for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for four years where she served as a supervisor of the office’s activities but also actively participated in investigations. In this position she attended the Environmental Protection Agency’s Advanced Environmental Crimes Investigation Training at the Federal Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. In 2014, Jensen was promoted to serve as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Natural Resources Commission where she had previously served as an administrative law judge for ten years. For the Natural Resources Commission Jensen presides over cases involving diverse subjects including, coal mining and reclamation, oil and gas production, forestry matters, floodway issues, and topics associated with Indiana’s public freshwater lakes. Jensen is a registered mediator and serves as the Chair of the Indiana Shared Neutrals Program. She is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and presently serves as the President of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges. 

Dawn A. Wilson

Dawn Wilson earned her J.D. from the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, and has been a licensed attorney in good standing since 1986. Judge Wilson served as a Specialist/Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1987-1996, working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Indiana on a myriad of creditor rights issues and advising USDA staff on the appropriate interpretation of applicable law, rule and federal directives. After leaving the USDA, Judge Wilson worked in contract and subcontract development for Indiana University’s Research and Sponsored Programs division, working closely with the IU School of Medicine and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for children. She joined the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) in 2006, litigated and then an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and the Chief ALJ for DCS. She developed standardized procedures for administrative appeals conducted by DCS and managed a caseload involving child welfare matters.

In 2015, Judge Wilson left DCS to serve as an ALJ for the Natural Resources Commission and now presides over cases involving coal mining and reclamation, oil and gas production, forestry matters, floodway issues, and topics associated with Indiana’s public freshwater lakes. Judge Wilson is a registered mediator and performs as a Neutral for the Indiana Shared Neutrals Program. She is a member and has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.