Qualified applicants interested in being considered for a pending vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals may apply online through April 27.
Chief Justice Loretta Rush Monday announced details of the process to replace Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Ezra H. Friedlander, who announced last week he will retire effective Aug. 31. Applications may be submitted at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/jud-qual/.
Eligible candidates must live in the second appellate district of Indiana and must have been a member of the Indiana Bar for at least 10 years or an Indiana judge for at least five years. The second district includes Marion County and 18 counties to the north, extending northwest to White County and northeast to Adams County.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct initial public interviews of qualified candidates from May 20-22 in Indianapolis, and a second round of interviews with semi-finalists on June 10. The commission then will submit a list of three finalists to Gov. Mike Pence, who will have 60 days to select Friedlander’s successor.
Rush thanked Friedlander on behalf of the Supreme Court, saying “His stellar and dedicated longtime service on the Court of Appeals is appreciated.”
Rush, who chairs the JNC that also includes three attorney members elected by members of the state bar and three lay members appointed by the governor, urged qualified candidates to look at the application, talk with colleagues, and consider serving.
“Indiana has a wealth of qualified lawyers,” she said. “It is important that these thoughtful, service-oriented attorneys consider whether the next chapter in their career includes being a member of the appellate bench.”
The application requires providing background information, writing samples, references and educational transcripts.
The Court of Appeals considers about 4,000 cases and conducts about 70 oral arguments annually. Lawyers interested in applying may contact commission counsel Adrienne Meiring at 317-232-4706.