Twenty-two apply for open seat on Ind. SC

Jessica M. Karmasek Jul. 9, 2012, 11:40am


INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - More than 20 people, all judges and attorneys, have applied for a seat on the Indiana Supreme Court.

On Friday, the state's high court released the interview schedule for the 22 candidates applying to be the 108th justice.

Of the 22, 16 are women.

All applicants will be interviewed by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission over a two-day period next week. The interviews, 20 minutes each, are open to the public and the press.

For a complete list of those candidates being interviewed and their interview times, click here.

The Court is looking to fill the seat soon-to-be left vacant by Justice Frank Sullivan Jr.

In April, Sullivan announced he would be stepping down from the bench, leaving to become a faculty member at Indiana University's law school.

His appointment takes effect at the start of the fall semester.

According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission must recruit and select candidates to fill vacancies on Indiana appellate courts.

The commission is chaired by Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson and includes three attorneys and three citizens.

Following the public interviews next week, the commission will deliberate in executive session.

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," it said in a news release Friday.

It will then vote on and name the semi-finalists in public after the executive session concludes on July 18. A press release announcing the semi-finalists will be sent out shortly after.

On Aug. 8 and 9, the commission will then interview the semi-finalists.

After deliberations in executive session, the commission will vote to send the three most qualified candidates to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Daniels must select Indiana's next justice within 60 days of receiving the list.

This will be the governor's third appointment to the Court.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at

More News