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[SUPREME] Nominating Commission Names Five Finalists To St. Joseph County Superior Court
Start Date: 1/28/2013 All Day
End Date: 1/28/2013
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The St. Joseph County Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission announced five finalists to fill an upcoming judicial vacancy.  Commission Chairman and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa announced the finalists Monday.  “The Commission members were impressed by the high quality of all of the applicants,” Massa said.  “The five individuals we are recommending to Governor Pence represent the best of an impressive pool of talent.”

The nominees are:
  • Mary Catherine Andres, deputy prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County
  • Scott Duerring, a general practice attorney in South Bend
  • Andre B. Gammage, managing partner at Berger & Gammage in South Bend
  • Elizabeth C. Hurley, Magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court
  • Jeffrey Lane Sanford, sole practitioner, deputy public defender for St. Joseph County, and deputy city attorney in South Bend
A vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court will occur March 31, 2013, when Judge Roland W. Chamblee, Jr., retires.  In December 2012, the Commission announced applications for the position were available online and should be submitted to the St. Joseph County Clerk by January 18.  On January 25, the Commission interviewed thirteen candidates and then met in executive session to deliberate.

Governor Mike Pence will name a Superior Court judge from among the five finalists submitted by the nominating commission. Under state law, the Commission must submit to the governor a list of five candidates with written evaluations for the qualifications of each candidate.  Following his receipt of the list of nominees, Governor Pence has 60 days in which to make his appointment to the St. Joseph Superior Court.  In the event he does not do so, the Chief Justice of Indiana shall make the appointment from the list of nominees.

The Nominating Commission was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1973.  It consists of seven members.  Three of the members must be admitted to the bar and are selected by the lawyers of the county and three must be non-lawyers appointed by a committee consisting of the judge of the St. Joseph Circuit Court, the mayors of South Bend and Mishawaka, and the president of the board of St. Joseph County commissioners.  The seventh member, who serves as the chairman of the Commission, must be a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court or a judge of the Court of Appeals appointed by the Chief Justice of Indiana.  Justice Massa recently replaced retired Justice Frank Sullivan as Chairman of the Commission.
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