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Newly-appointed Supreme Court justice Mark Massa will be officially sworn in Monday. Former state and federal prosecutor Mark Massa was named as the replacement for outgoing Chief Justice Randall Shepard a little more than a week ago.
Monday, Massa begins his work as the state’s 107th Supreme Court justice. IUPUI law professor Joel Schumm says Massa will dive right in.
“There are going to be a number of opinions that have already been argued that he’ll have to read the briefs and probably go back and watch the oral arguments that he wasn’t able to see and, you know, vote in other judge’s opinions, decide if he agrees or disagrees, if he wants to write a separate opinion or sign on to the opinion,” Schumm says. “In some cases, he’ll start working on opinions and start writing opinions.”
Massa has no experience as a judge, but Schumm says that should not pose much of a hindrance.
“So I think, you know, with the help of law clerks and other justices that he’ll be just fine. You know, there will be a learning curve, but there’s a learning curve for everyone that joins the court,” Schumm says.
Massa will be sworn in privately Monday. A public ceremony has not yet been scheduled.