Commission to Consider Supreme Court Applicants

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The vacancy is being left by retiring Justice Brent Dickson. The vacancy is being left by retiring Justice Brent Dickson.
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Thirty attorneys and judges have submitted applications to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. They are applying for the seat that will be vacated by Justice Brent Dickson, who is retiring at the end of April.

State law requires the seven-member commission to recruit and select candidates to fill the vacancy. The commission will hold initial interviews February 17 to 19 with a second round of interviews March 3 and 4. 

The commission will consider the following applicants:

  • Hon. James R. Ahler, Jasper Superior Court
  • Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Circuit Court 4
  • Hon. Paul R. Cherry, U.S. District Ct., Hammond
  • Eugene N. Chipman, Jr., Plymouth
  • David E. Cook, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Kit C. Crane, Henry Circuit Court 2
  • Hon. Darrin M. Dolehanty, Wayne Superior Court 3
  • Hon. Thomas J. Felts, Allen Circuit Court
  • Thomas M. Fisher, Indianapolis
  • Elizabeth C. Green, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Frances C. Gull, Allen Superior Court
  • Lyle R. Hardman, South Bend
  • Hon. Steven L. Hostetler, St. Joseph Superior Court
  • Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid, Boone Superior Court 1
  • Mark A. Lienhoop, La Porte
  • Hon. Sally A. McLaughlin, Dearborn Superior Court 2
  • Hon. Larry W. Medlock, Washington Circuit Court
  • Hon. Steven R. Nation, Hamilton Superior Court 1
  • Jaime M. Oss, Michigan City
  • Bryce D. Owens, Pendleton
  • Peter J. Rusthoven, Indianapolis
  • John H. Shean, Bloomington
  • Curtis E. Shirley, Indianapolis
  • Geoffrey G. Slaughter, Indianapolis
  • Ted A. Waggoner, Rochester
  • Rep. Thomas W. Washburne, Evansville
  • Leanna K. Weissmann, Lawrenceburg
  • Thomas E. Wheeler, II, Indianapolis
  • Karen A. Wyle, Bloomington
  • Thomas P. Yoder, Fort Wayne

Along with the interviews, the commission will review applications, consider the applicants' legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law and other pertinent information. After deliberating in an executive session, the commission will vote to send the three most qualified applicants to Governor Mike Pence, who will have 60 days to select the next justice.

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