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Monday, April 02, 2012

Vacancy on Supreme Court 2012 - "Newest state justice cites early lessons in the rule of law" [Updated]

As noted in this March 28th ILB entry, Justice-Designate Mark Massa will take the oath of office as Indiana’s 107th Justice privately today.

Maureen Hayden of CNHI has a lengthy biographical story about Massa, published here today in the New Albany News & Tribune.

"Ind. justice's swearing-in highlights state's merit selection" is the headline to a long story in the NWI Times reported by Dan Carden.

"Justice Mark Massa's ascension shows path of government servant" is the headline to an opinion piece by John Krull is director of Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism, published yesterday in the Evansville Courier & Press. Here is a sample:

Daniels' decision to keep the Indiana Supreme Court a males-only club doubtless will ratchet up the pressure on the next governor to name a woman.

Daniels said that he would have loved to name a woman, but that gender had to be a "tiebreaker." He also, curiously, suggested that women in the legal profession are partly to blame for not bringing forth the strongest candidates for Supreme Court service. * * *

The places where affirmative action works are the places that — aggressively, even relentlessly — search for and recruit the best women and minority candidates.

Thus, if Mitch Daniels argues that not enough qualified women are applying to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court, then he's really indicting himself and the rest of state government for not doing effective outreach.

The column also attempts a second point, but I could not follow it.

[Updated at 1:15 PM] The "second point" mentioned above perhaps is made more directly in this post today on the appointment by IU-Indy SPEA prof Sheila Kennedy, who discusses cronyism. The heading "…With A Little Help from My Friends."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 2, 2012 09:04 AM
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