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Applications for an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana are due by April 27, 2015. Today, Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush announced details of the application process for the vacancy that will be available at the end of the summer. The application is online at courts.in.gov/jud-qual.
The position on the state's second highest court is available because Judge Ezra H. Friedlander announced he is stepping down from the bench, effective August 31, 2015. Chief Justice Rush thanked Judge Friedlander on behalf of the Supreme Court, "His stellar and dedicated longtime service on the Court of Appeals is appreciated."
Chief Justice Rush encourages attorneys and judges to look at the application, talk to their colleagues and consider whether they can give back to the state by serving. "Indiana has a wealth of qualified lawyers," she said. "It is important that these thoughtful, service-oriented attorneys consider whether the next chapter in their career includes being a member of the appellate bench."
A candidate must be an Indiana resident in the second appellate district and must have been a member of the Indiana Bar for at least ten years or an Indiana judge for five years. The application requires providing pertinent background information, writing samples, references and educational transcripts. Submitted applications will be considered by the seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen-members appointed by the Governor. Chief Justice Rush chairs the Commission.
The Commission will conduct initial public interviews of qualified candidates on May 20-22 in Indianapolis, followed by second interviews on June 10. After the public interviews and Commission deliberations in an executive session, the Commission will publicly vote to send the three most qualified names to Governor Mike Pence. The Governor will have 60 days to select Indiana's next Court of Appeals Judge from the three names submitted by the Commission.
The Court of Appeals is asked to consider about 4,000 cases each year and conducts about 70 oral arguments per year. For more information about the Court of Appeals of Indiana, visit courts.in.gov/appeals and for more information on the Judicial Nominating Commission visit courts.in.gov/jud-qual. Those interested in applying may contact Counsel for the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, Adrienne Meiring, at 317-232-4706.