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There are a lot of people in Indiana who want to become the state’s next Supreme Court Justice.  A record 34 people applied for the seat being vacated by Justice Theodore Boehm. Justice Boehm will retire in September. More than half the applicants are women and nearly half are currently judges.

Hon. Cynthia J. Ayers, Marion Superior Court, Civil Division 4
Hon. Mary Beth Bonaventura, Lake Superior Court, Juvenile Division
Ellen E. Boshkoff, Indianapolis
Hon. Elaine B. Brown, Indiana Court of Appeals
Sean M. Clapp, Fishers
Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Superior Court 1
Hon. Jane Spencer Craney, Morgan Superior Court 3
Hon. Steven H. David, Boone Circuit Court
Kiply S. Drew, Bloomington
Hon. Cynthia S. Emkes, Johnson Superior Court 2
Thomas M. Fisher, Indianapolis
Monica Foster, Indianapolis
Hon. Frances C. Gull, Allen Superior Court
Lyle R. Hardman, Granger
Christine Talley Haseman, Bloomington
Hon. Susan Orr Henderson, Fountain Circuit Court
Hon. William J. Hughes, Hamilton Superior Court 3
Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, Indianapolis
Christine M. Marcuccilli, Fort Wayne
Hon. William C. Menges Jr., Howard Superior Court 1
Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, Marion Superior Court, Civil Division 5
Karl L. Mulvaney, Indianapolis
Hon. Steven R. Nation, Hamilton Superior Court 1
Clare Kraegel Nuechterlein, South Bend
Bryce D. Owens, Pendleton
Curtis E. Shirley, Indianapolis
Geoffrey G. Slaughter, Indianapolis
Hon. Robert A. Spahr, Miami Circuit Court
Sen. Brent E. Steele, Bedford
Yasmin L. Stump, Zionsville
Donald J. Tribbett, Logansport
Hon. Allen N. Wheat, Steuben Circuit Court
Hon. Mary G. Willis, Henry Circuit Court  
Judy L. Woods, Indianapolis

The Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the applicants at the Statehouse July 6 and 7. The commission will interview the semi-finalists July 30, with a public vote on the finalists that day.

Check www.theindianalawyer.com and future issues of Indiana Lawyer for coverage on the interviews and votes.
 

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