Second round of interviews announced for coming COA vacancy

Seven semifinalists vying for the Indiana Court of Appeals judicial vacancy left by retiring Judge John Baker will be interviewed in person by the Judicial Nominating Commission on July 1.

The seven-member JNC, led by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, selected semifinalists on June 10. The commission has scheduled second-round interviews as follows:

10-10:30 a.m.: Morgan Superior Judge Peter Foley

10:35-11:05 a.m.: Jason Bennett

11:10-11:40 a.m.: Vigo Superior Judge Lakshmi Reddy

11:45-12:15 p.m.: Putnam Circuit Judge Matthew Headley

Break

1:30-2:00 p.m.: Leanna K. Weissmann

2:05-2:35 p.m.: Lisa Reger

2:40-3:10 p.m.: Abraham Navarro

After all interviews have concluded, the JNC will deliberate in a private executive session to consider the applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law, and other pertinent information. A public vote will follow to choose the names of the three most qualified candidates. Gov. Eric Holcomb will then have 60 days from receiving the list to select Indiana’s next appellate judge.

To accommodate press and public viewing, interviews will be livestreamed here. Due to social distancing, there will be very limited in-person seating. 

The interviews will take place in the Fuse East Conference Room on the second floor of the South Tower at Capital Center, 251 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis.

First-round interviews with 13 candidates were held remotely via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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