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[SUPREME] Mark Massa to Be Sworn-In as 107th Indiana Supreme Court Justice
Start Date: 3/28/2012
End Date: 3/28/2012
Entry Description
Mark Massa, formerly the Executive Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, will take the oath of office as Indiana’s 107th Justice on April 2, 2012.  The private oath will be administered by former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, who is now a Senior Judge for the Indiana Court of Appeals.  A public, formal swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled for a later date.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels named Massa to succeed Chief Justice Shepard who retired from the Court.  Massa served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Shepard from 1991-1993.  Shepard congratulated his successor and said, “I know the Supreme Court Justices, Agency Directors and staff warmly welcome Mark Massa to the Court.  His tenure on the Supreme Court will demonstrate that he has the character, mental power, and generosity of heart to serve in ways that will make Indiana a place of greater justice.” 

Massa pointed to Shepard’s valuable leadership as a reason his appointment is so meaningful.  “What an incredible honor to be joining this Court. Under the Chief Justice’s guidance, it has become one of the leading state courts in the nation, and I’m humbled to be a part of it. I look forward to getting started next week.”  

Acting Chief Justice Dickson explained that work at the state’s highest court continues during the transition period, “The four members of the current Supreme Court will hear cases, hand down opinions and decide administrative matters related to the courts this week.  We are working with Justice-Designate Massa to make next week’s transition to the Court smooth.  We are also discussing a date for a formal swearing-in ceremony.”  A photo gallery of past Supreme Court swearing-in ceremonies can be found at

In December 2011, Chief Justice Shepard announced he would step down from the bench. The seven member Judicial Nominating Commission recruited and interviewed applicants to fill the vacancy, as required by the Indiana Constitution and state statue.   Fifteen applicants submitted legal writings, educational transcripts and letters of recommendation.
In February, the Commission held two rounds of public interviews and voted to send Mr. Mark Massa, the Hon. Cale Bradford and Ms. Jane Seigel to the Governor as finalists.  Governor Daniels selected Massa as Indiana’s 107th justice.  The Judicial Nominating Commission will select the next Chief Justice from among the five justices on the Court. 
Location Information:
State House
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
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