Court Vacancies

Retiring Rucker says he’s no trailblazer, but urges diversity on court

January 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the first African-American to serve on the Indiana Court of Appeals and just the second on the Indiana Supreme Court, retiring Justice Robert Rucker said he doesn’t think of himself as a trailblazer, but he said it’s important the state’s high court look like the population of the state.
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Obama Supreme Court nominee returning to bench as judge

January 18, 2017
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is putting on his judge's robes again.
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Trump meets with Supreme Court candidate

January 18, 2017
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation's highest court.
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Critics blast Marion County judge-selection proposals

January 11, 2017
Dave Stafford
Legislation assuring partisan balance on the bench has key stakeholder and lawmaker support.
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Grassley expects tough fight on Supreme Court nomination

January 5, 2017
 Associated Press
Sen. Charles Grassley says he doesn't think he'll be condemned for moving quickly on a Donald Trump nominee for U.S. Supreme Court after refusing last year to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
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2016 Year in Review

December 28, 2016
IL Staff
From law school troubles to new court initiatives, take a look back at the top stories in Indiana Lawyer this year.
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Indiana’s judicial nominees headed toward disappointment

December 28, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
While Indiana’s two nominees to the federal judiciary have a chance to get a confirmation vote before Inauguration Day, the possibility is extremely slim. The pair likely will find a place in the history books rather than on the bench.
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Roberts denies plea to force Senate action on Garland

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
Chief Justice John Roberts has denied a lawyer's bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
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Lawyer asks Supreme Court to force Senate action on Garland

December 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A lawyer from New Mexico is mounting a longshot challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to order the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
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Bankruptcy judge announces retirement

December 2, 2016
IL Staff
A former chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana has announced his retirement.
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Justice Alito rallies conservatives in tribute to Scalia

November 17, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a rallying cry to conservatives Thursday in the wake of newfound strength following Donald Trump's election.
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Sotomayor says nation 'can't afford to despair' over Trump

November 16, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that Americans "can't afford to despair" in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president.
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Temporary judge appointed in Noble Superior Court

November 16, 2016
IL Staff
Due to Noble Superior Judge Michael J. Kramer’s election to circuit court in the county, the Indiana Supreme Court has appointed a judge pro tem in superior court.
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If Clinton wins, more in GOP say no to 9 on Supreme Court

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has existed with its full complement of nine justices for close to 150 years, no matter who occupied the White House. Now some Republican lawmakers suggest they would be fine with just eight for four years more rather than have Hillary Clinton fill the vacancy.
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Judge pro tem appointed in Morgan County

October 28, 2016
IL Staff
A senior judge will preside as a judge pro tem in Morgan County effective Monday, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered this week.
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Huntington Superior Court judge resigns

October 25, 2016
IL Staff
Judge Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger has announced his resignation from the Huntington Superior Court, effective Saturday, four years before his term is set to expire.
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Sotomayor: US Supreme Court still feeling loss of Scalia

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court continues to deeply feel the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia eight months after his death, and his empty seat makes it harder for the surviving eight justices to do their job of resolving some of the country's most vexing legal questions, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday.
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McCain suggests GOP would oppose Clinton Supreme Court picks

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Sen. John McCain pledged Monday that Republicans will unite against any U.S. Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton puts forward if she becomes president, forecasting obstruction that could tie Capitol Hill in knots.
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Law professor calls for Selby to be confirmed to 7th Circuit

October 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
With the U.S. Senate adjourned until after the presidential election and the chances for judicial confirmations dwindling, an article just published by a Virginia law professor calls for former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby to be appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Lake Circuit Judge Paras resigning early

September 30, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lake Circuit Court Judge George Paras will leave the bench early after being unseated in May’s Democratic primary by Highland lawyer Marissa McDermott.
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Trump’s new Supreme Court list favors swing states over DC

September 23, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Donald Trump’s new list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees has something for everyone — except maybe the Washington establishment.
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Clinton says she may not choose Garland for Supreme Court

September 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she wouldn’t be bound by President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, hinting that she would consider a bolder choice if she takes office in January with the seat still unfilled.
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Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP

September 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Judge Merrick Garland found himself back on Capitol Hill on Thursday in a familiar place — meeting with a Democratic senator who complained about Republicans' inaction on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
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Vacancy opening up in Northern District Bankruptcy Court

July 19, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Judicial Council is now accepting applications for judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Hammond.
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Time running out to get Indiana judicial nominees confirmed

July 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Three Democratic senators failed in their attempt Wednesday to force the Senate to hold a vote on the nominees to the federal bench, creating more doubt as to how many judges will be confirmed before the end of the year.
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  2. 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!!!

  3. 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.

  4. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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