Chief justice extends retirement date to March 23

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As chair of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, Chief Justice Randall Shepard oversaw on Thursday the narrowing of the list of candidates vying to replace him on the Supreme Court.

On March 4, Shepard will step down as chair of the joint-Judicial Nominating and Judicial Qualifications commissions, transitioning that role for the time being to Justice Brent Dickson. But Shepard has pushed back his official retirement date and will continue as chief justice of the court until March 23, according to Kathryn Dolan, Supreme Court public information officer.
After Shepard retires, Dickson will become the acting chief justice until the nominating commission chooses a permanent successor from one of the five Indiana Supreme Court justices – including the new justice Governor Mitch Daniels will appoint. Daniels may take up to 60 days to make his decision.

Dickson sat in on the seven semi-finalist interviews Thursday, describing himself as a “silent observer.” The commission chose three finalists for Daniel’s consideration: Court of Appeals Judge Cale Bradford, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Director Mark Massa, and Indiana Judicial Center Director Jane Seigel.

According to Dolan, Shepard invited Dickson to sit in on the commission’s deliberations to ensure a smooth transition since he will soon become chair and will need to conduct that business.



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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.