Interviews lined up for IN Supreme Court vacancy

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected.

Interviews have been scheduled for 19 Hoosier lawyers and judges that applied to become the next justice on the Indiana Supreme Court bench.

Candidates, which include two sitting appellate judges, nearly a dozen trial court judges and the Supreme Court’s chief administrative officer, will be interviewed on Feb. 28 and March 1. The spot will open up on the Hoosier high court when Justice Steven David retires this fall.

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, will host the initial interviews. A group of semifinalists will then be selected for a second round of interviews by the JNC in April.

The interviews are open to the public and will be held in the Fuse East Conference Room on the second floor of the South Tower at Capital Center in downtown Indianapolis, 201 N. Illinois St.

Social distancing and masks will be enforced regardless of vaccination status. Seating will be limited.

Interviews are scheduled as follows:

Feb. 28

10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. – Matthew J. McGovern, McGovern Law Office, Fishers

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Judge Mark E. Spitzer, Grant Circuit Court

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Judge Lisa L. Swaim, Cass Superior Court

11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. – Patrick W. Price, special counsel, Office of Management and Budget, Indianapolis

11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. – Judge Rudolph R. Pyle, III, Indiana Court of Appeals

11:55 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. – Judge Gretchen S. Lund, Elkhart Superior Court

1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – William W. Barrett, partner, Williams Barrett & Wilkowski, Greenwood

2 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Judge James A. Joven, Marion Superior Court

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Judge Jeffrey W. Clymer, Porter Superior Court

2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Judge Amy S. Miskimen, Warrick Superior Court

3:15 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. – Curtis E. Shirley, Law Office of Curtis E. Shirley, Carmel

3:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. – Judge Jennifer L. DeGroote, Allen Superior Court

March 1

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. – Judge Derek R. Molter, Indiana Court of Appeals

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Judge Dana J. Kenworthy, Grant Superior Court

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Judge Ryan K. Gardner, Marion Superior Court

10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. – Justin P. Forkner, chief administrative officer, Indiana Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration, Indianapolis

11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. – Judge Jaime M. Oss, LaPorte Superior Court

11:40 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Judge Robert D. Krieg, Gibson Superior Court

12 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. – William N. Riley, RileyCate, Fishers

A second round of interviews will take place in early April. The JNC will then go into executive session before holding a public vote to select the three most qualified candidates.

Names of the final three nominees will then be submitted to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will have 60 days to select Indiana’s next Supreme Court justice.

Holcomb has selected one other Supreme Court justice, Justice Christopher Goff,  who joined the bench in 2017 when now-Senior Judge Robert Rucker retired. He has also selected three judges for the Court of Appeals of Indiana: Molter in 2021, Judge Leanna Weissmann in 2020  and Judge Elizabeth Tavitas in 2018.

Redacted applications, writing samples, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are a matter of public record and can be found online for each candidate. 

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