Newly-minted Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Tavitas has done a little bit of everything throughout her legal career. She’s been a prosecutor, a public defender, a private practitioner, a referee, a trial court judge and now, a judge on the state’s second-highest court.
Lake Superior Judge Elizabeth Tavitas was on the bench on July 18 when her phone rang with a message that would change her career. It was a call from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, informing her that she had been selected as Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge.
Court of Appeals Judge Michael Barnes’ career has taken him down multiple paths — including 27 years with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, 1½ years with Barnes & Thornburg and 18 years on the bench — and each experience exposed him to new facets of the law.
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has certified two new senior judges to serve in Indiana’s trial courts. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, acting as chair of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, certified J. Jeffrey Edens and Charles D. O’Connor as senior judges in Boone and Shelby counties, respectively.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb now has 60 days to select Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge after the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission officially submitted the names of its three finalists on Friday.
Interviews with the six semifinalists selected for an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals will take place next week. Three judges and three lawyers from northern Indiana are vying to succeed Judge Michael Barnes on the appellate court.
Three judges and three lawyers from northern Indiana remain in the running to succeed retiring Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Michael Barnes after the Judicial Nomination Commission narrowed the field by half Tuesday following its interviews with 12 applicants.
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is now in the process of determining which of the 12 applicants who applied to fill a coming Indiana Court of Appeals vacancy will be asked to sit for a second round of interviews later this month.
The first of two days of interviews to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals is complete after the Indiana Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission spoke with three more applicants Monday afternoon.
Five Indiana Court of Appeals hopefuls sat for interviews Monday morning, beginning the process of filling the northern Indiana vacancy on the court that will be left when Judge Michael Barnes retires on June 1.
Each of the 12 applicants who applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals will interview with the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission on April 30 and May 1. The applicants are vying to succeed retiring COA Judge Michael Barnes.