From Original 16, Just One Woman A Supreme Court Finalist

The Judicial Nominating Commission has narrowed down the list of Indiana Supreme Court applicants to three.

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Sullivan's replacement will be Mitch Daniels' third appointment to the five-member court.

The list of applicants to replace state Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan was reduced to three Wednesday — and only one woman remains.

The Judicial Nominating Commission narrowed the list of 22 applicants down to ten last month. From the ten emerged three finalists: Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation, Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Loretta Rush and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter.

Much attention has been paid to the role of gender in deciding the finalists – many in the Hoosier legal community have called for a woman to be named to the Court for only the second time in state history. Sixteen of the 22 original applicants and six of the ten semi-finalists were women, but now only Rush remains.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who leads the commission, says gender was a part of the discussion.

“We talked about it. We talked about its impact, and we agonized over our final choices,” Dickson says.

The vote was six to one for the three finalists. Governor Mitch Daniels will have 60 days once he officially receives the list to choose Indiana’s next Supreme Court justice.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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