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[SUPREME] Applications Available for Position on State’s Highest Court
Start Date: 5/30/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/30/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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Applications for an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court are due on or before June 29, 2012. Today, Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson announced details of the application process for the vacancy that will be available at the end of the summer. The applications are online at

Justice Dickson encouraged attorneys and judges from across the state to apply for the seat and said, “Appellate judicial service can be an enormously satisfying opportunity to serve your profession and your fellow Hoosiers.” A candidate must be an Indiana resident and must have been a member of the Indiana bar for ten years or an Indiana judge for five years.

The position on the high court is available because Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. announced he is stepping down from the bench. In April 2012, the Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law announced Justice Sullivan would begin teaching full time in Fall 2012. His departure creates the third opening on the five-member Court in the past two years.

The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will search for Justice Sullivan’s successor. The Commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen-members appointed by the Governor.  Chief Justice Dickson chairs the Commission.

The Commission will conduct initial public interviews of qualified candidates in Indianapolis on July 17- 18, followed by second interviews on August 8-9. After the public interviews and Commission deliberations in an executive session, the Commission will publically vote to send the three most qualified names to Governor Mitch Daniels. The Governor will have 60 days to select Indiana's next justice from the three names provided by the Commission.

Those interested in applying to be the state’s 108th Supreme Court Justice may contact Counsel for the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, Adrienne Meiring, at 317-232-4706. The Court issues decisions in about 100 cases and holds nearly 70 oral arguments a year.

For more information about the Indiana Supreme Court, visit and for more information on the Judicial Nominating Commission visit

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Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
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