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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on: A Day in Lake County for Judicial Nominating Commission Interviews

Updating this Prof. Schumm post from from July 2nd, the NWI Times had a story posted late on July 2nd by Elvia Malagon reporting:

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Judicial Nominating Committee selected three candidates Wednesday to fill the position of Lake Superior Court Civil Division judge.

Kathleen Belzeski, Deidre Monroe and Bruce Parent were chosen out of 21 candidates to fill the vacancy of the late Judge Gerald Svetanoff. The nominations will be sent to Gov. Mike Pence, who will appoint the new judge.

One of the things the committee tried to assess during the interviews was how comfortable candidates were with technology. Parent and Belzeski said they felt strongly about pushing the court into electronic filing.

Defense attorney Parent had been selected by the Lake County Bar Association as the second best pick to fill the vacancy. He was given the highest score when it came to his temperament.

During deliberations, many committee members said they were impressed Parent had a detailed plan about what changes needed to be made in the Lake Superior Court Civil Division courtroom. He also interviewed court staff about their opinions before interviewing before the committee.

Belzeski is a magistrate in Lake County Superior Court County Division 2. The committee noted her 15 years of experience as a magistrate. They also liked her enthusiasm for the law.

A committee member did voice concern that Belzeski's writing submissions were outdated and none were from her time as a magistrate.

Gary City Court Judge Monroe is also one of the finalists. The committee was impressed by her innovations in creating special courts to deal with drug and truancy issues in Gary.

Some committee members were concerned that Monroe didn't have as much experience with trials as other candidates.

Here is a copy of the interview schedule from the 2-day meeting of the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 8, 2014 10:13 AM
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