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Finalists selected for St. Joseph Court

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected.

Two attorneys in private practice and three public servants are finalists for an upcoming vacancy in St. Joseph Superior Court.

The St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission on Friday interviewed 13 candidates and narrowed the list to these five finalists: Mary Catherine Andres, St. Joseph deputy prosecuting attorney; attorney Scott Duerring of Duerring Law Offices in South Bend; Andre B. Gammage, managing partner at Berger & Gammage in South Bend; St. Joseph Circuit Court Magistrate Elizabeth C. Hurley; and Jeffrey Lane Sanford, deputy public defender for St. Joseph County and deputy city attorney in South Bend.

Gov. Mike Pence will select the judge within 60 days of his formal notification of the finalists. The vacancy will be created when St. Joseph Superior Judge Roland W. Chamblee, Jr., retires on March 31.

“The Commission members were impressed by the high quality of all of the applicants,” said Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa, who chairs the commission.  “The five individuals we are recommending to Governor Pence represent the best of an impressive pool of talent.”

Others who interviewed for the vacancy are: Edward P. Benchik of Shedlak & Benchik Law Firm LLP in South Bend; Elkhart County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David L. Francisco; Mark James of Anderson Agostino & Keller P.C. in South Bend; solo practitioner Jeffrey E. Kimmell of South Bend; solo practitioner Mark Kopinski of South Bend; Andrew Straw of Andrew Straw Esq. in Mishawaka; John P. Tuskey of Bingham and Loughlin P.C. in Mishawaka; and Stanley F. Wruble III of Wruble & Associates in South Bend.

 

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