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The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission received 22 applications from attorneys and judges interested in becoming the state’s next Supreme Court justice.

The 16 women and six men are vying for a spot on the bench that will open up this year when Justice Frank Sullivan leaves to teach at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

The applicants are:
1.    Hon. Cale J. Bradford, Indiana Court of Appeals
2.    Hon. Elaine B. Brown, Indiana Court of Appeals
3.    Hon. Marla K. Clark, Johnson Circuit Court, Juvenile Division
4.    Mr. Thomas M. Fisher, Indianapolis
5.    Ms. Alicia A. Gooden, Indianapolis
6.    Hon. Frances M. Gull, Allen Superior Court
7.    Mr. Lyle R. Hardman, Granger
8.    Ms. Carol Nemeth Joven, Indianapolis
9.    Ms. Julia Church Kozicki, Noblesville
10.    Ms. Abigail Lawless Kuzma, Indianapolis
11.    Ms. Erin Reilly Lewis, Indianapolis
12.    Ms. Andrielle M. Metzel, Indianapolis
13.    Hon. Steven R. Nation, Hamilton Superior Court 1
14.    Ms. Karen R. Orr, Monticello
15.    Ms. Diane L. Parsons, Indianapolis
16.    Ms. Brenda A. Roper, Indianapolis
17.    Hon. Loretta H. Rush, Tippecanoe Superior Court 3
18.    Mr. Geoffrey G. Slaughter, Indianapolis
19.    Hon. Elizabeth F. Tavitas, Lake Superior Court
20.    Hon. Marianne L. Vorhees, Delaware Circuit Court 1
21.    Hon. Mary G. Willis, Henry Circuit Court 1
22.    Mr. John P. Young, Indianapolis


The commission will release a list of the candidates who will be interviewed July 6, with public interviews taking place July 17 – 18. Semi-finalists will be interviewed Aug. 8 – 9. After the semi-finalists are interviewed, the Judicial Nominating Commission selects three names to send to the governor for selection.



 

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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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