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Below is the 2013 Indianapolis City-County Council Calendar. Be sure to tune in to watch the decisions that directly affect the daily lives of Indianapolis residents.

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2013 Indianapolis City-County Council Calendar:

On Tuesday, May 15th the Judicial Nominating Commission will vote to select Indiana’s next Chief Justice. The meeting is open to the public and press. It will be held in Room 319 of the State House from 10-11:30 a.m. EDT.

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission recruits candidates for appellate level judicial positions. The Commission also appoints the Indiana Chief Justice. Detailed information on the 7-member Commission, the selection process for Indiana’s Chief Justice and the “Missouri Plan” merit selection system used in Indiana can be found in the current issue of Indiana Court Times magazine.

As in the past, all current members of the Supreme Court have been invited to share their thoughts with the Commission members during the May 15th meeting. The Commission has asked the Justices to speak about the qualities and attributes important in a Chief Justice.

More info here.

Being a frequent attendee of Supreme Court oral arguments and events, I was one of the lucky few to get an invite to today’s Retirement Ceremony of Chief Justice Randall Shepard.Governor Mitch Daniels and American Bar Association President, William T. (Bill) Robinson will honor the public service career of retiring Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.I’ll be live-tweeting from @KLFLegal starting around 1:20 pm ET.

Related Chief Justice Shepard stories from recent years:

Full Text of 2012 Indiana State of the Judiciary Address

Chief Justice Shepard to retire from Indiana Supreme Court

Full Text of 2011 Indiana State of the Judiciary Address

For biographical info about the Chief Justice and a link to watch the ceremony live, click here.

Today the Judicial Nominating Commission selected Jane Seigel, Mark Massa and Cale Bradford as finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.  Governor Mitch Daniels will choose from the three candidates to select Indiana’s 107th Justice.

In December, Chief Justice Justice Randall T. Shepard announced he would step down from the bench.  According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the Judicial Nominating Commission recruits and interviews applicants to fill appellate court judicial vacancies.  The Commission provides three names to the Governor and the Governor makes the final selection. The Governor has 60 days to select Indiana’s next justice.

Good luck to the three finalists!

The Indiana Supreme Court didn’t take long to make up their minds in the State of Indiana v. IBM case. I was in attendance at the oral arguments just this morning and the Court has already issued an order (full text below). The Court reversed the trial court’s ruling that could have required Governor Daniels to testify regarding the aborted 2009 Indiana/IBM contract. At least for now, Governor Daniels will not be deposed by IBM.

Justice Rucker inquired of IBM’s counsel what their next step would be in the eventuality of a reversal and IBM wasn’t immediately clear how they would continue. However, I’m sure there will be many more twists before this is done. Trial will now commence in the trial court February 27, 2012. Stay tuned for updates.

Case Background: In 2010, the State of Indiana sued International Business Machines Corp (IBM) for millions of dollars it had paid to the company before their contract was cancelled in 2009. IBM responded by filing a countersuit of breach of contract, totaling $100 million. The trial court ruled that Governor Mitch Daniels cannot be excused from testifying about his knowledge of the contract with IBM. The case bypassed the Appellate Court and was granted transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court in January 2012.

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.

Mark your calendar…the much-anticipated oral argument in the State of Indiana v. IBM case will take place on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:00 am ET.

Arguments are webcast live at: https://mycourts.in.gov/arguments/.

Background: In 2010, the State of Indiana sued International Business Machines Corp (IBM) for millions of dollars it had paid to the company before their contract was cancelled in 2009. IBM responded by filing a countersuit of breach of contract, totaling $100 million. The trial court ruled that Governor Mitch Daniels cannot be excused from testifying about his knowledge of the contract with IBM. The case bypassed the Appellate Court and was granted transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court in January 2012.

More info: U.S. News & World Report