Interviews for Court of Appeals finalists are set for October 12

INDIANAPOLIS – The Judicial Nominating Commission named six finalists for consideration to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana. The vacancy is the result of the appointment of appellate court Judge Derek R. Molter to the Indiana Supreme Court.

The following applicants will be interviewed in person on October 12. Their applications and other information about the vacancy can be found online.

Wednesday, October 12 (all times Eastern)

  • 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Executive Session to consider applications
  • 8:45a.m.-9:05 a.m. – Hon. Marc T. Rothenberg
  • 9:05 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. – Carol N. Joven
  • 9:25 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Hon. Dana J. Kenworthy


  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. – Hon. Paul A. Felix
  • 10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Hon. Ryan K. Gardner
  • 10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Hon. Lisa L. Swaim

Deliberations in Executive Session to consider applications, followed by public vote to select nominees

The interviews are open to the public and will be held in the Supreme Court Conference Room (State House 319) at 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Media interested in attending should contact Kathryn Dolan to inquire about reserving a seat.

Members of the audience are asked to refrain from activities that might distract from the interview process.

According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission must recruit and select candidates to fill vacancies in 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.

Following the interviews, the Commission will meet in executive session and then publicly vote to select the three most qualified candidates. The Commission considers applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law, and other pertinent information. The three nominees will be submitted to Governor Eric Holcomb, who has 60 days from receiving the list to select Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge.

The Supreme Court Office of Communication, Education & Outreach is issuing this press release on behalf of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission as notice of executive session and public interviews of candidates for the Court of Appeals of Indiana pursuant to IC 5-14-1.5-5, 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(10), and IC 33-27-3-6. Pursuant to IC 33-27-3-6(e), application materials can be available for public inspection and copying.