Kamish, Major, Marchal named finalists for Marion Superior Court vacancy

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Two Hoosier lawyers and a magistrate judge have been selected by the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee as the final candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Marion Superior Court.

Mark Kamish, Linda Major and Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Marchal were selected following a public vote on Tuesday.

Interviews of the 23 applicants took place on Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis by the 14-member judicial selection committee, chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David.

Major currently serves in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Kamish is a criminal defense attorney with Baldwin, Perry & Kamish P.C. and Marchal is a magistrate judge in the Marion Superior Court.

Applicants were vying 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, were open to the public. After all interviews concluded, the committee deliberated in a private executive session to consider the applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law and other pertinent information.

The committee will now submit the names of the three finalists to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will make the final selection on Hawkins’ successor.

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