Christie elected to Judicial Nominating Commission

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Lawyers have elected Indianapolis attorney Lee Christie to the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Christie, a partner at Cline Farrell Christie & Lee, won the election for the lawyer position on the panel representing Court of Appeals District 2, defeating Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner Jan Carroll by a vote of 1,435 to 1,159, according to results released late Tuesday.

The seven-member commission interviews and recommends candidates to fill vacancies on Indiana’s appellate courts and also serves as the Judicial Qualifications Commission that investigates complaints against judges.

The panel consists of three lawyers and three non-lawyers from each of the geographic COA districts and is chaired by the chief justice. Christie will replace Indianapolis attorney William Winingham, whose term expires at the end of the year.

The clerk of the Indiana Supreme Court tallied votes and certified the results. Voting was extended through Tuesday after an untold number of attorneys eligible to cast ballots did not receive them.

Approximately 35 percent of eligible attorneys voted. Christie, along with members elected or appointed to the board in the next couple of years, will participate in decisions that will shape the Indiana Supreme Court. Chief Justice Brent Dickson will turn 75, hitting the mandatory retirement age for judges, in the final year of Christie’s three-year term.

While the commission makes recommendations of appointees to the governor, commission members select the chief justice.
Court of Appeals District 2 includes Adams, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Madison, Marion, Miami, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Wells and White Counties.



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