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Here is a look at the 10 semifinalists selected July 18 to fill the pending Indiana Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. Highlights of candidate interviews with the Judicial Nominating Commission can be read here.
 

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Cale Bradford

Age: 52

Profession: Indiana Court of Appeals judge

On technology: “I’m proud to say I was on the ground floor of JTAC. I’ll talk to you all day long about JTAC if you let me.”

Application factoid: “My daughter thought I should point out that I am a regular blood donor with the Indiana Blood Center.”

 

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Frances Gull

Age: 53

Profession: Allen Superior judge

On her workload of 400 cases in eight years as a deputy prosecutor: “There were a couple of times where I had a trial every day.”

Application factoid: “I was selected to participate in a team tandem parachute jump with the elite United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, in Fort Knox, Kentucky.”

 

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Erin Reilly Lewis

Age: 38

Profession: Associate general counsel, Indiana University Health

On being the youngest of 22 applicants: “I do think I have a fair amount of mileage in my 13 years experience that I think a lot of others might not have.”

Application factoid: Born to a military family on an Air Force base in Wiesbaden, Germany; has lived abroad in Greece and Ireland, as well as in Montana and Wisconsin.

 

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Andrielle Metzel

Age: 42

Profession: Partner at Benesch

On helping found the Leadership Development Academy: “Sometimes when you are trying to inspire others, you inspire yourself.”

Application factoid: “In 2010, I traveled to China with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as part of a delegation … seeking to increase global business and investment opportunities for businesses based in Indiana.”

 

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Steven Nation

Age: 62

Profession: Hamilton Superior judge

On inspiring confidence in the legal system: “We do that by making very clear decisions. We do that by opening up discussions with citizens.”

Application factoid: “Coached Noblesville Grinders Football (Grades 4, 5 &6), Noblesville Elementary Soccer League, and Noblesville Baseball League.”

 

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Loretta Rush

Age: 54

Profession: Tippecanoe Superior judge

On sentencing reform: “I really think we need to push for non-incarceration sentencing options. … It really does affect our community and the children (of those incarcerated).”

Application factoid: “I have served as a coach, room mother and volunteer with our children. … Additional leisure activities include reading, cooking, quilting, and an occasional sprint triathlon.”

 

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Geoffrey Slaughter

Age: 49

Profession: Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

On jurisprudence from the bench: “The obligation of a judge, it seems to me, first and foremost is the intention of those who drafted the document in question.”

Application factoid: “Since approximately 2005, I have judged the American Legion’s national oratorical competition (for high school students), held each year in Indianapolis.”

 

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Marianne Vorhees

Age: 53

Profession: Delaware Circuit judge

On the most important attributes for a judge: “To me, that’s the highest compliment a judge can have – you’re fair.”

Application factoid: “Served on the Notre Dame Lawyer … I was the first woman to serve as Editor-In-Chief of what we renamed The Notre Dame Law Review during my third year.”

 

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Mary Willis

Age: 45

Profession: Henry Circuit judge

On the need to extend Odyssey statewide: “We need to lift the court records from those dusty courthouse basements to the cloud, literally.”

Application factoid: “My favorite cases are the cases involving self-represented litigants. They are the greatest opportunity to teach the community that I live in about the law.”

 

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John Young

Age: 49

Profession: Partner, Young & Young Attorneys

On the court’s administrative functions: “I think I could be very helpful in the business end of things, administering personnel and administering strategic planning.”

Application factoid: Grandfather, Howard S. Young Sr., stepped down as justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and joined his son, Howard S. Young Jr., in practice in 1954.

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  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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