Tammy Somers joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General (OAG) in October of 2008 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division (CPD). Her first case, State v. Tammy Gilchrist, involved a puppy mill. Two months later, the combined efforts of the OAG and the Department of Revenue shut down the mill and removed 74 dogs and four horses. On June 2, 2009, the Attorney General’s Office shut down a second mill in New Albany, Indiana. Almost 300 dogs were rescued and placed in new homes.
Tammy has a long history of working with animals. While a law clerk in 1999 in Valparaiso, Indiana, she also worked as a veterinary assistant at the Hobart Animal Clinic, where she’d been employed since 1996. Tammy continued to work part-time at the clinic until May 2005. In 2000, Somers started as a certified legal intern with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. She was sworn in as an attorney in June 2001. She worked as a Deputy Prosecutor with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office in the misdemeanor division and handled several cases involving animal cruelty and neglect. In September of 2002, Tammy was promoted to the felony division. As a Felony Deputy Prosecutor, Somers worked on a few high profile murder cases.
In 2005, Tammy was appointed to the bench as Magistrate Judge in Lake Superior Court, County Division, Room 1. As Magistrate, she presided over cases on the small claims docket in Gary, Indiana, and also heard criminal cases from misdemeanors to D felonies. Her love of animals has carried over into her personal life as well. On weekends and holidays, she works for WellPets, a low cost vaccination clinic, and in the kennels at Companion Animal Hospital – both in Indiana. Tammy has 16 rescued animals at home including dogs, cats, birds, iguanas and a ferret. She volunteers once a year at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana in Gary, Indiana, for its lost cost vaccine day. Her career ambition is to follow in Judge Joseph Wapner’s footsteps and sit on the bench on TV for Animal Court.