The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named Ms. Patricia C. McMath, Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr., and Hon. Christopher M. Goff as finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana, second district. Governor Mike Pence will appoint the newest Court of Appeals judge from the three applicants submitted to him by the Commission. After officially receiving the list of candidates, Governor Pence has 60 days to make his selection.
A position on the Court of Appeals is available because Judge Ezra H. Friedlander will retire in August. 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.
Judge Friedlander announced his decision to retire in February. Applications for the position were available in March and due in April. Eight candidates applied for the position. Their applications, along with writing samples, transcripts and letters of recommendation 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 at http://courts.in.gov/jud-qual/3284.htm.
After all applicants were interviewed in public, the Commission deliberated in executive session to 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 careful consideration, the Commission publicly voted for the three most qualified candidates and unanimously named McMath, Altice and Goff.
For more information about the Court of Appeals of Indiana, visit http://courts.in.gov/appeals. For more information about the Judicial Nominating Commission and the vacancy, visit http://courts.in.gov/jud-qual/3277.htm.