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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vacancy On Supreme Court 2017 - Round 2: Report On Interview #5, Hon. Maria D. Granger

This is Prof. Joel Schumm's report on the 5th interview of Round 2

Hon. Maria D. Granger, Floyd Superior Court 3 (photo) (application) (first interview)

In response to a question about what can be done with the low bar passage rate, Judge Granger said she would want to look at where there were gaps in education, which she has done through her participation in ICLEO.

In response to a question about free speech guarantees in the Indiana Constitution and the current climate on college campuses and elsewhere, Judge Granger said she would want to make sure any law had reverence to that important guarantee.

In response to a question from Mr. Berger about better understanding her as a person, Judge Granger discussed the importance of public service and her work with St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities, with which she became involved early as a lawyer.

In response to a question from Mr. Young, who read from a list of her extensive administrative/committee work, Judge Granger explained some of the important work that directly impacts citizens, discussing commercial courts, case management, and protecting information, among other things.

In response to a question about preparing for her interview, Judge Granger said her entire career has been preparation, noting the importance of innovation. She has read many cases to help prepare her for her work as judge and this interview.

In response to a question about a procedural rule she would change, Judge Granger mentioned the challenge for prosecutors who become judges and cannot hear criminal cases, forcing other judges (often not elected in that county) to hear cases.

In response to a question from Mr. Feighner about the “vanishing jury trial” in civil cases, Judge Granger said alternative dispute is important.

In response to a question from Mr. Yakym about a letter she had signed regarding funding for humanities, Judge Granger said she signed onto a letter because she believes it is important for people to understand more about each other.

In response to a question from Mr. Berger about demonstrating diversity on and outside the Court, Judge Granger emphasizes she does a lot of public speaking and a lot can be gleaned when people in a leadership role reach out to the community. Interaction increased public trust and understanding. Her recent speech focused on building consensus.

In response to a question from Chief Justice Rush about the possibility of changing the prohibition on citing unpublished/memorandum decisions, Judge Granger said she does not have a strong opinion but believes the law should be useable. If changing the rule further that, she supports it.

In response to a question about cameras in the courtroom, Judge Granger has seen footage from Kentucky courtrooms, which can spread through social media. Although transparency is important, televising proceedings could backfire.

When asked about mentors, Judge Granger cited another judge who is smart and prepared. What is “extra special” is the “level of kindness” he brings to cases.

In response to a question from Ms. Long about her core values, Judge Granger said she was raised by strong parents, told “actions speak louder than words.” She was one of only a few minority families in rural Indiana, which taught her not to get stuck on differences and the importance of relating to others.

The “most radical action” Judge Granger has taken might make her “sound boring.” She is a conscientious person and wants to plan actions before she takes them. She thinks running for office when she did was radical. She was not born in the community where she ran, but sheer will and belief drove the bold move. In response to a follow-up question about her campaign from Mr. Feighner, Judge Granger said she “started small,” talking to people about how the court could better help the community.

In response to a question about her work on American Law Institute (ALI), Judge Granger said the group is committed to clarifying and modernizing the law. She goes the annual meeting each year and noted the Court had cited the work of ALI, through the Restatements, many times.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 18, 2017 01:12 PM
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