INDIANAPOLIS – The Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed nineteen candidates on February 28 and March 1 and named ten finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.
The following applicants will be invited to a second round of interviews with the Commission in early April:
- William W. Barrett
- Hon. Jennifer L. DeGroote
- Justin P. Forkner
- Hon. Ryan K. Gardner
- Hon. Dana J. Kenworthy
- Hon. Gretchen S. Lund
- Hon. Derek R. Molter
- Patrick W. Price
- Hon. Rudolph R. Pyle, III
- Hon. Mark E. Spitzer
Applications and photographs of judges and lawyers who were interviewed for the position are available online. The Commission considers applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law, and other pertinent information.
Following the April public interviews (interview times and details to be released soon), the Commission will meet in executive session and then publicly vote to select the three most qualified candidates. The named nominees will be submitted to Governor Eric Holcomb, who has 60 days from receiving the list to select Indiana’s next Supreme Court justice.
The vacancy is the result of the upcoming retirement of Justice Steven David. 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. With Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush as chair, the Commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen-members appointed by the Governor. Details on the Commission, including membership, are online.