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Potential COA judges: Apply now

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Applications are now being accepted for the second opening on the Indiana Court of Appeals in less than a year.

Judge John T. Sharpnack is stepping down May 3, 2008, because of mandatory retirement, and his successor has until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to apply for the upcoming vacancy.

The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, will conduct first public interviews with applicants Nov. 12 and 13 in Indianapolis, followed by second interviews Dec. 12. The commission selects three finalists to recommend to the governor, who makes the final decision.

Judge Sharpnack's retirement comes after fellow appellate Judge Patrick D. Sullivan stepped down from the court in August, also because of mandatory retirement, and was succeeded by Judge Cale Bradford from Marion County.

For this judicial position, a candidate must be either an Indiana attorney for a minimum 10 years or a trial judge for at least five years. The applicant would represent the fifth judicial district and face statewide retention, but must live in one of the 53 counties in the first geographic district of the Court of Appeals. Those counties include the southern third of the state.

Applications for the $143,367 salaried position are available on the judiciary's Web site at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/notices/vacancy.html. Candidates can get more information about the process at the judiciary's site or by contacting Meg Babcock, the commission counsel, at (317) 232-4706 or at mbabcock@courts.state.in.us.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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