Applicants Named For Supreme Court Vacancy

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The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has received 21 applications for the soon-to-be vacant seat on the Indiana Supreme Court. The person ultimately chosen for the position will succeed Justice Robert Rucker, who is retiring this spring after 26 years on the bench.

In order to be eligible to serve as a Supreme Court judge, a person must be a U.S. citizen, an Indiana resident, and must be admitted to practice as a lawyer for 10 years or served as a Circuit or Superior Court judge for at least five years. The commission will conduct initial interviews March 20-22 and a second round of interviews April 17-19, both of which are open to the public.

After deliberating in an executive session, the commission will recommend three applicants to Governor Eric Holcomb. The governor will then have 60 days to select a successor to Rucker.

The following attorneys and judges have applied for the position:

  • Mr. Dale W. Arnett, Winchester, Indiana
  • Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Circuit Court 4
  • Mr. Stephen R. Creason, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mr. Ralph E. Dowling, Muncie, Indiana
  • Hon. Peter R. Foley, Morgan Superior Court 1
  • Hon. Christopher M. Goff, Wabash Superior Court
  • Hon. Clayton A. Graham, Marion Superior Court, Criminal Div. 7
  • Hon. Maria D. Granger, Floyd Superior Court 3
  • Ms. Elizabeth C. Green, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mr. Lyle R. Hardman, South Bend, Indiana
  • Ms. Leslie C. Henderzahs, Fishers, Indiana
  • Hon. Steven L. Hostetler, St. Joseph Superior Court
  • Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid, Boone Superior Court 1
  • Hon. Larry W. Medlock, Washington Circuit Court
  • Ms. Jaime M. Oss, La Porte, Indiana
  • Mr. Bryce D. Owens, Pendleton, Indiana
  • Mr. William N. Riley, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mr. Peter J. Rusthoven, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mr. Andrew U. D. Straw, Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Rep. Thomas M. Washburne, Evansville, Indiana
  • Ms. Leanna K. Weissmann, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

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