Mishawaka lawyer Woods appointed to St. Joseph Superior Court

A Mishawaka lawyer has been named the newest judge of the St. Joseph Superior Court.

Jamie C. Woods has been selected to succeed retired Judge David Chapleau in St. Joseph Superior Court 6, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday. Chapleau retired in July.

Woods was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1999 and has practiced in St. Joseph County since 2001. He is currently a partner at Thorne Grodnik LLP.

Woods has been the attorney for St. Joseph County since 2013 and also serves as the attorney for the town of Osceola, the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation and the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District. He is a member of the board of the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation.

Woods earned his undergraduate degree from Manchester College and his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

He will be sworn in on a date to be determined.

Woods was one of five finalists for the vacancy on St. Joseph Superior Court 6. The St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed candidates Aug. 24 and met in executive session to select five finalists, including Woods and four others:

  • Joseph Superior Court Magistrate Judge Keith Doi.
  • Lyle Hardman of Hunt Suedhoff Kearney LLP.
  • Andrew Jones of Jones Law Office LLC.
  • Joseph Probate Court Magistrate Judge Graham Polando.

The five names were sent to the governor, who made the final selection on Chapleau’s successor. Senior Judge Jeanene Calabrese has been serving as a judge pro tempore in Superior Court 6 since his retirement.

The judicial nominating commission is currently accepting applications to fill another vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court that was created when now-Senior Judge Steven Hostetler retired on Sept. 3. Applications are being accepted through noon on Oct. 12, and the commission will interview candidates soon after, before selecting the five most highly qualified candidates to submit to the governor.

Senior Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura is serving as a judge pro tem in Superior Court 7, Hostetler’s former court.

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