Commission names 5 COA semifinalists

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After a day of interviews, the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the five people who remain in the running to become a Court of Appeals judge.

The commission selected: Abigail Lawlis Kuzma of Indianapolis; Patricia Caress McMath of Indianapolis; Madison Circuit Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III of Anderson; Joel M. Schumm of Indianapolis; and Marion Superior Judge Robert R. Altice Jr. of Indianapolis.

The candidates are vying for the spot that will open up when Judge Carr Darden retires in July.

The candidates were asked what they most admired about the Court of Appeals and what qualities they would bring, if selected.  

Other applicants were: Marion Superior Judge Cynthia J. Ayers of Indianapolis; Jeffrey D. Wehmueller of Fishers; Ms. Carol Nemeth Joven of Indianapolis; Bryce D. Owens of Pendleton; Brenda A. Roper of Indianapolis; Rebecca A. Trent of West Lafayette; Howard Superior Judge William C. Menges Jr., of Kokomo; Chris M. Teagle of Albany; and Kari Evans Bennett of Noblesville.

The commission will interview the five semifinalists the first week of June. Three finalists then will be selected and their names forwarded to Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will make the appointment.



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