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[SUPREME] Interviews on June 4th for Five Attorneys and Judges Vying for Court Of Appeals Vacancy
Start Date: 5/29/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/29/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will interview five semi-finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana.  The following interviews will be held Monday, June 4th in public in Room 319 of the Indiana State House:

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Ms. Patricia Caress McMath of Indianapolis
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr. of Marion Criminal Division 2
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Ms. Abigail Lawlis Kuzma of Indianapolis


2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Hon. Rudolph R. Pyle, III of Madison Circuit Court 1
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Mr. Joel M. Schumm of Indianapolis


3:30 p.m. – Deliberations in Executive Session followed by public session

All candidate applications, writing samples and letters of recommendation are available for public inspection at the Supreme Court law library, Room 316 of the State House, Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT.  Photocopies of applications and related materials can be made for 25 cents a page.  Exact change is required. 

A position on the Court of Appeals of Indiana will be available when Judge Carr Darden retires this summer.  Judge Darden was named to the Court of Appeals by Governor Evan Bayh in 1994. His retirement creates an opening on the fifteen-member court in the fourth district.  Information on the districts can be found online here

The Indiana Constitution and state statute requires the seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission to fill all appellate level judicial vacancies.  The Commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen members appointed by the Governor.  Chief Justice Brent Dickson chairs the Commission.

After the public interviews and Commission deliberations in an executive session, the Commission will have a public vote to name the three most qualified candidates to Governor Mitch Daniels.  The Governor makes the appointment from the three names submitted by the Commission.  

The interviews are open to the public.  To respect the interview process and remove distractions for the candidates the Court has the following guidelines in place for the press and public:
  1. Enter and exit the room only between interviews. 
  2. Set-up tripod and other equipment for video and still cameras between interviews. 
  3. Refrain from moving about the room during interviews.
  4. Only ambient lighting will be permitted. Artificial lighting such as flashbulbs and frezzi lights shall not be used.
  5. No mult box/audio equipment will be provided. Individual lavalier microphones will not be attached to applicant lapels. Wired or wireless microphones can be placed on the table in front of the applicant prior to the start of the interview.    
  6. Questioning of the applicant during the interview is reserved for the Judicial Nominating Commission.  
  7. At the applicant’s discretion, members of the public or the media may interview him or her before or after the Commission interview outside the interview room.
  8. Members of the audience are requested to refrain from all other activities that might distract from the interview process. 
For more information about the Court of Appeals of Indiana, visit and for more information on the Judicial Nominating Commission visit

Media with questions can contact Supreme Court Public Information Officer, Kathryn Dolan at (317) 234-4722 or    

Location Information:
State House
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Entry Type:
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