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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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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