Chief Justice replacement process underway 

click to enlarge Hon. Robyn Moberly introducing herself to the Judicial Nominating Commission.
  • Hon. Robyn Moberly, later chosen as one of seven semi-finalists, introducing herself to the Judicial Nominating Commission.
  • Kathryn Dolan, Indiana Supreme Court

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named seven candidates Thursday as semi-finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Four of the seven are judges, including one member of the Indiana Court of Appeals, and two serve in posts for Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will make the appointment.

The semifinalists are:

- Marion Superior Judge Robert R. Altice Jr.

- Court of Appeals Judge Cale J. Bradford

- Floyd Superior Judge Maria D. Granger

- Mark S. Massa of Indianapolis, executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

-Marion Superior Judge Robyn L. Moberly

-Steven R. Schultz of Columbus, executive director of the Louisville & Southern Indiana Bridges Authority

-Jane A. Seigel of Indianapolis, executive director of the Indiana Judicial Center

The commission chose the seven semi-finalists from among 15 applicants after two days of interviews.

Commission members plan to conduct a second round of interviews on Feb. 22 and then choose three finalists, whose names will be sent to Daniels for consideration. The governor then has 60 days to name a justice.

Daniels' pick will replace Chief Justice Randall Shepard, who is retiring in March. According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member nominating commission must recruit and select candidates to fill vacancies on Indiana appellate courts. Shepard chairs the commission.

The group considers applicants' legal education, legal writings, reputation in the practice of law, physical condition, financial interests, activities in public service and any other pertinent information.

More information about the candidates is available at

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