Justice candidates at a glance

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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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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues