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Posted on: May 18, 2015

All eight applicants who applied for an opening on the Court of Appeals of Indiana will be interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The interviews will take place on Wednesday, June 10 in Room 319 of the State House. The interviews are open to the public and press.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Mr. Joel M. Schumm
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Ms. Patricia C. McMath
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Mr. Bryan L. Ciyou
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr.
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Mr. Steven R. Creason
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Hon. Christopher M. Goff
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Mr. David L. Pippen
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Hon. Gary L. Miller

The interviews are taking place because Judge Ezra H. Friedlander is stepping down from the bench in August, leaving a vacancy on the Court of Appeals. According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission must recruit and select candidates to fill vacancies on Indiana appellate courts. The Commission is chaired by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush and includes three attorneys elected by attorneys and three citizens appointed by the Governor.

After the Commission interviews applicants, it will deliberate in executive session. The Commission will consider the applicants’ legal education, legal writings, reputation in the practice of law, physical condition, financial interests, activities in public service and any other pertinent information. After deliberations, the Commission will publicly vote to select the three most qualified candidates and submit those three names to Governor Mike Pence. Governor Pence has 60 days from receiving the list to select Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge.

Applications, along with writing samples, transcripts and letters of recommendation are a matter of public record now that the Commission has announced the interviews. All eight applications are available for review in the Indiana Supreme Court Law Library (Room 316) of the State House. Redacted versions of the applications are available online here.

The following guidelines are in place for public and press to respect the interview process and remove distractions for the candidates.

  1. Enter and exit the room only between interviews.
  2. Electronic devices must be in silent mode.
  3. Video /still camera set-up must take place during interview breaks.
  4. Artificial lighting such as flashbulbs and frezzi lights shall not be used.
  5. No mult box/audio equipment will be provided. Microphones can be placed on the applicant table prior to the start of the interview. Cords MUST be taped down in advance.
  6. Refrain from moving about the room during interviews.
  7. Questioning of the applicant during the interview is reserved for the Commission.
  8. At the applicant’s discretion, the public or press may interview him or her before or after the Commission interview outside the interview room.
  9. Members of the audience are requested to refrain from all other activities that might distract from the interview process.

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