The Judicial Nominating Commission received fifteen applications for the upcoming Indiana Supreme Court vacancy. The following attorneys and judges have applied for the seat which will be available when Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard retires in March:
- Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr., Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division 2
- Hon. Cynthia J. Ayers, Marion Superior Court, Civil Division 4
- Hon. Cale J. Bradford, Indiana Court of Appeals
- Hon. Maria D. Granger, Floyd Superior Court 3
- Mr. Mark S. Massa, Indianapolis
- Ms. Patricia C. McMath, Indianapolis
- Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, Marion Superior Court, Civil Division 5
- Mr. Karl L. Mulvaney, Indianapolis
- Mr. Rory O’Bryan, Indianapolis
- Hon. Michael N. Pagano, Lake Superior Court, County Division 3
- Ms. Mary K. Reeder, Indianapolis
- Mr. Steven R. Schultz, Columbus
- Ms. Jane A. Seigel, Indianapolis
- Mr. Les C. Shively, Evansville
- Ms. Rebecca A. Trent, West Lafayette
According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission must recruit and select candidates to fill the upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court. The Commission is chaired by Chief Justice Shepard and includes three attorneys and three citizens. After a series of interviews, the Commission will send three candidates to Governor Mitch Daniels. The Governor will select Indiana’s next justice within 60 days of receiving the list.
Abbreviated versions of the applications, without writing samples, transcripts or letters of recommendation, will be posted to the court’s website during the week of January 30th. The press and public are invited to review the complete applications on Monday, January 30th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST in the Supreme Court Law Library, room 316, at the State House in Indianapolis.
The Commission has scheduled February 8th and 9th to interview each applicant. The public interviews will take place at the State House in room 319. After the interviews, the Commission will meet in executive session for deliberations. The Commission will consider the applicants legal education, legal writings, reputation in the practice of law, physical condition, financial interests, activities in public service and any other pertinent information.
The Commission will vote on and name the semi-finalists in public after the executive session concludes. A press release announcing the semi-finalists will be posted to courts.in.gov shortly after the public vote. On February 22nd the Commission will interview the semi-finalists. After executive deliberations the Commission will vote publicly to send the three most qualified candidates to Governor Mitch Daniels. The Governor will select Indiana’s 107th justice. The Commission, not the Governor, will choose Indiana’s next Chief Justice. An exact timeline on the selection for the Chief Justice position has not been determined, but it will be after March 4, 2012.
The February interviews are open to the public. To respect the interview process and remove distractions for the candidates the Court has the following guidelines in place for the press and public:
- Enter and exit the room only between interviews.
- Set-up tripod and other equipment for video and still cameras between interviews.
- Refrain from moving about the room during interviews.
- Only ambient lighting will be permitted. Artificial lighting such as flashbulbs and frezzi lights shall not be used.
- No mult box/audio equipment will be provided. Individual lavalier microphones will not be attached to applicant lapels. Wired or wireless microphones can be placed on the table in front of the applicant prior to the start of the interview.
- Questioning of the applicant during the interview is reserved for the Judicial Nominating Commission.
- At the applicant’s discretion, members of the public or the media may interview him or her before or after the Commission interview outside the interview room.
- Members of the audience are requested to refrain from all other activities that might distract from the interview process.