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[SUPREME] Interview Times Set for Seven Indiana Supreme Court Semi-Finalists
Start Date: 2/17/2012
End Date: 2/17/2012
Entry Description
The interview schedule is set for the seven semi-finalists for the 107th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.  The interviews are open to the public and press.

Thursday, February 23rd  

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Ms. Jane Seigel
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Hon. Maria Granger
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Mr. Steven Schultz 

(Break)

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Hon. Robyn Moberly
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Mr. Mark Massa
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Hon Cale Bradford
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Hon. Robert Altice

(Break)

12:45 p.m. – Deliberations in Executive Session 

In December 2011, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard announced he would retire in March 2012. 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.  The Commission is chaired by Chief Justice Shepard and includes three attorneys and three citizens.

The Commission accepted applications for the position until January 27th.  It held public interviews of all fifteen applicants on February 8th and 9th and announced the seven semi-finalists.  Now, the Commission will hold a second round of interviews to consider the remaining applicants’ legal education, legal writings, reputation in the practice of law, physical condition, financial interests, activities in public service and any other pertinent information.  

The public interviews will take place at the State House in room 319.  After the interviews, the Commission will deliberate in executive session.  It will then vote publicly to send the three most qualified candidates to Governor Daniels.  The Governor will select Indiana's next justice within 60 days of receiving the list.  

Abbreviated versions of each candidate’s applications are available at http://courts.in.gov/jud-qual/2910.htm. The Court hosted a public viewing of the full applications with writing samples, transcripts and letters of recommendation on January 30th.

The February 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 public and press:
  1. Enter and exit the room only between interviews. 
  2. Computers for note taking will only be permitted if the keyboard is silent. 
  3. Set-up tripod and other equipment for video and still cameras between interviews. 
  4. Refrain from moving about the room during interviews.
  5. Only ambient lighting will be permitted.  Artificial lighting such as flashbulbs and frezzi lights shall not be used.
  6. No mult box/audio equipment will be provided. 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.    
  7. Questioning of the applicant during the interview is reserved for the Commission.  
  8. At the applicant’s discretion, the public or press may interview him or her before or after the Commission interview outside the interview room.
  9. Members of the audience are requested to refrain from all other activities that might distract from the interview process. 
Media with questions can contact Supreme Court Public Information Officer, Kathryn Dolan at (317) 234-4722 or kdolan@courts.state.in.us.  
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