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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ind. Courts - "New Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice To Be Chosen Tuesday"

Stan Jastrzebski of Indiana Public Media reports on the upcoming meeting of the Judicial Nominating Commission tomorrow where a new Chief Justice will be selected. Some quotes:

IUPUI law professor Joel Schumm says communication and managements skills are among the qualifications the Commission will likely consider.

“Collegiality, ability to get along with other people is important as well, I think and under Chief Justice Shepard it was a very friendly, collegial Court and I’m sure the Commission will want to be sure that continues with the new chief justice,” Schumm says.

Schumm says interim Chief Justice Brent Dickson is a strong candidate – though he’ll have to retire before his five-year term would be complete. The state mandates retirement at age 75. Schumm says the other likely choice would be Justice Steven David, who’s been on the Court for a couple of years.

“[David] has been very active in giving speeches and being involved and talking to different groups of people and I think he would be a younger person that would be well respected in leading the Court,” he says.

Schumm says seniority doesn’t play much of a role in the choice. Chief Justice Shepard had only been on the Court for about two years when he was chosen.

From a brief editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
The commission chooses the court’s leader from among the five justices, though Justice Frank Sullivan will not be selected because he, too, is leaving the court later this year.

And it seems unlikely the commission would select Justice Brent Dickson, 70, because he heads the commission. That leaves the newest justice, Mark Massa; Stephen David, who joined the court in 2010; and Robert Rucker, a justice since 1999.

The commission will interview each justice, including those not interested in the top appointment, about qualities that are important in the chief justice. Afterward, the commission will meet in secret to discuss the appointment, then vote in public.

ILB: I'm putting my money on Justice Dickson!

See also this ILB entry from May 2.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 14, 2012 07:58 AM
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