Commission Names Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy

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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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The Judicial Nominating Commission has named 15 finalists for the soon-to-be vacant seat on the Indiana Supreme Court. The finalists will begin the next round of interviews in March.

The commission whittled the list down from 29 applicants after conducting public interviews this week. It considers the applicants' legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law and other items when selecting a new justice.

The finalists include:

  • Hon. James R. Ahler
  • Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael
  • Hon. Paul R. Cherry
  • Hon. Darrin M. Dolehanty
  • Hon. Thomas J. Felts
  • Mr. Thomas M. Fisher
  • Hon. Frances C. Gull
  • Hon. Steven L. Hostetler
  • Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid
  • Mr. Mark A. Lienhoop
  • Hon. Steven R. Nation
  • Mr. Peter J. Rusthoven
  • Mr. Geoffrey G. Slaughter
  • Rep. Thomas W. Washburne
  • Mr. Thomas E. Wheeler, II

The commission's second round of interviews will be held March 3 and 4. It will then publicly vote to send three nominees to the desk of Governor Mike Pence, who will have 60 days to select the next justice.

The governor's choice will succeed Justice Brent Dickson, who is retiring in April. 

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