Evansville personal-injury lawyer Charles L. Berger easily won election in a field of four candidates to join the Judicial Nominating Commission. Berger’s term will begin in January.
Berger received 676 votes from attorneys in Indiana Court of Appeals District 1, more than 53 percent of votes cast. Berger will replace Stephen L. Williams of Terre Haute, whose term is expiring. Ross E. Rudolph of Evansville finished second with 271 votes; Daniel E. Moore of Jeffersonville and John M. Westercamp, Zionsville received 215 and 93 votes, respectively. Votes were tabulated Nov. 20.
The commission is expected early next year to interview applicants to replace Justice Brent Dickson, who will retire in the spring. The commission will select three finalists from whom Gov. Mike Pence will appoint the next justice.
Meanwhile, the term of gubernatorial appointee Tom Rose of Indianapolis, representing COA’s 2nd District, also expires at the end of the year. Gov. Mike Pence has yet to announce an appointment.
The commission consists of three non-lawyer members appointed by the governor, three attorney members elected by eligible attorneys, and is chaired by the chief justice. Members are chosen and elected in staggered terms from each of the state’s three geographical COA districts.