Marion County judicial applicant interviews on December 15 and 18

MARION CO. – On December 15 and 18, the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee will conduct interviews of 23 applicants for two Marion County trial court judicial positions: one in the Family Division and one in the Criminal Division.

The interviews will be held in the Supreme Court Conference Room (State House 319) at 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Interviews are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, December 15 (all times listed below are Eastern)
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. – Executive Session to consider applications
9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m. – Karen Rominger
9:20 a.m.-9:40 a.m. – Daniel Tomson
9:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Magistrate James Snyder
10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m. – Andrew Blaiklock
10:35 a.m.-10:55 a.m. – David Ziemba
10:55 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Patricia McCrory
11:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. – Magistrate Marie Kern
11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Gregory Bowes
12:10 p.m.-12:30 p.m. – Linda Major
12:30 p.m.-1:40 p.m. – Lunch and Executive Session to consider applications
1:40 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Pamela Grant-Taylor
2:00 p.m.-2:20 p.m. – Magistrate Terrance Tharpe
2:20 p.m.-2:40 p.m. – Kathleen Meek
2:55 p.m.-3:15 p.m. – Magistrate Ian Stewart
3:15 p.m.-3:35 p.m. – Magistrate Katharine “Katie” Melnick
3:35 p.m.-3:55 p.m. – Jacob Rigney
3:55 p.m. – Executive Session to consider applications

Monday, December 18 (all times listed below are Eastern)
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. – Executive Session to consider applications
9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m. – Amanda Wishin
9:20 a.m.-9:40 a.m. – Linda Klain
9:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Magistrate Tara Melton
10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m. – John Lowrey
10:35 a.m.-10:55 a.m. – Magistrate Pauline “Polly” Beeson
10:55 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Katherine Zuran
11:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. – Eleanor Finnell
11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Emily Borchert
12:10 p.m. – Lunch and Executive Session to consider applications, followed by public vote to select nominees

Members of the audience are asked to refrain from activities that might distract from the interview process. The following guidelines are in place:

  • Only enter and exit between interviews
  • Recording equipment will be set up between interviews (no mult box provided)
  • Artificial lighting shall not be used
  • Questioning of the applicants is reserved for the Committee
  • Media/public may interview the applicants before/after the Committee’s interview outside the interview room at the applicant’s discretion

Following the interviews, the Committee will deliberate in a private executive session to consider applications. The Committee considers applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in law practice, and other pertinent information. The December 15 and 18 executive sessions are authorized under IC 33-33-49-13.1(q) and IC 5-14.1-1.5. The Committee vote is held publicly following deliberations.

According to Indiana law, the Committee must submit to the Governor “the three most qualified candidates” for appointment when a vacancy arises. Details on the Committee, including membership, are online.