Interviews scheduled next week for Marion Superior Court vacancy

Interviews have been scheduled for next week for 23 Hoosier lawyers and judges seeking to fill an impending vacancy on the Marion Superior Court.

Chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, the 14-member Marion County Judicial Selection Committee will conduct interviews on May 9 and 10 of applicants hoping to fill the spot left by retiring Judge Grant Hawkins. The longtime superior court judge for Court 31 will retire effective Sept. 30. 

The interviews, which are part of a merit-based judicial selection process, are open to the public and will be held in the FUSE West conference room on the second floor of the South Tower at Capital Center in downtown Indianapolis, 201 N. Illinois St.

The schedule is as follows:

May 9

9:10-9:30 a.m.: Judge Garland Graves, Washington Township Small Claims Court

9:30-9:50 a.m.: Valerie Harvey

10:10-10:30 a.m.: Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Marchal

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Jacob Rigney

10:50-11:10 a.m.: Michael Moore

11:30-11:50 a.m.: Valerie Johnson

11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Magistrate Judge James Snyder

12:10-12:30 p.m.: Ross Anderson

1:30-1:50 p.m.: Charles Miller

1:50-2:10 p.m.: Terrance Tharpe

2:10-2:30 p.m.: Katherine Zuran

2:50-3:10 p.m.: Daniel Tomson

3:10-3:30 p.m.: Magistrate Judge Kelly Scanlan

3:30-3:50 p.m.: Pamela Grant-Taylor

May 10 

8:30-8:50 a.m.: Magistrate Judge Melanie Kendrick

8:50-9:10 a.m.: Sherif Mansour

9:10-9:30 a.m.: Gregory Bowes

9:50-10:10 a.m.: Mark Kamish

10:10-10:30 a.m.: Meagan Dial-McDonough

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Nabeela Virjee

11:10-11:30 a.m.: Matthew Giffin

11:30-11:50 a.m.: Daniel Cicchini

11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Linda Major

After all interviews have concluded, the committee will deliberate in a private executive session to consider applications. Applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law and other pertinent information will be considered.

The committee will then hold a public vote. Pursuant to state law, it must submit “the three most qualified candidates” to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb for appointment when a vacancy arises. Holcomb will make the final selection on Hawkins’ successor.

Additional information about the vacancy is available online. 

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