Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday that he has selected Steven L. Hostetler to replace St. Joseph Superior Chief Judge Michael P. Scopelitis when he retires June 3.
Hostetler is an attorney at Thorne Grodnik LLP in Elkhart, where he practices in civil litigation and represents businesses and financial institutions. He earned his Juris Doctor from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1983.
“Steven Hostetler is a man of integrity whose legal experience and knowledge of the law, combined with his extensive pro bono work and volunteerism in the community, make him the right choice to serve as a judge in St. Joseph County Superior Court," Pence said in a statement.
Hostetler is active in the Salvation Army of St. Joseph County and is a member of the Indiana State and St. Joseph County bar associations.
Pence received the letter with the list of five finalists for the upcoming court vacancy this week. The other finalists were Andre B. Gammage, managing partner at Berger & Gammage; Mark F. James, associate at Anderson Agostino & Keller, public defender; John M. Maciejczyk, assistant U.S. attorney; and Jeffrey L. Sanford, sole practitioner, deputy public defender, South Bend deputy city attorney.
Maciejczyk was added to the list as a finalist after original finalist St. Joseph Circuit Magistrate Judge Elizabeth C. Hurley was appointed to fill a vacancy that will be created after St. Joseph Superior Judge Roland Chamblee retires Sunday.