Ellen Boshkoff, a partner at Baker & Daniels
Judge Steve David of Boone County
Kipley Drew, an associate general counsel at IU
Judge Cynthia Emkes of Johnson County
Thomas Fisher, Solicitor General for the Attorney General's office
Judge Robyn Moberly of Marion County
Karl Mulvaney, a partner at Bingham McHale
Judge Steven Nation of Hamilton County
Sen. Brent Steele of Lawrence County
The Indiana Law Blog makes the following observations about the group of semi-finalist candidates:
But, although a majority of the applicants were women (19), a slight majority—five—of the finalists are men (David, Fisher, Mulvaney, Nation, and Steele) and only four women (Boshkoff, Drew, Emkes, and Moberly) remain.I think most objective observers would agree that the Commission tapped into the best talent it had among the 34 candidates. I'm surprised Judge Cynthia Ayers didn't make the cut simply because she was the only African-American candidate among the 34 up for consideration. There has been a strong presumption that Gov. Daniels wants to appoint a female candidate to the bench because there are none on the court currently. The only person Daniels appointed to the Court of Appeals that applied for the position, Judge Elaine Brown, has been eliminated. It turns out that the support she had from her fellow appellate court judges meant little to the Commission members. I was a bit surprised to see Sen. Steele make the cut. It is worth noting that the youngest candidate to make the cut, Fisher, at 41, is still older than Chief Justice Shepard was when he was appointed to the court while in his late thirties with virtually no experience other than a short tenure as a local judge in Vanderburgh County. His family was good friends with Gov. Robert Orr, who made the appointment. That move set off one of the ugliest episodes in the history of the Indiana Supreme Court. You can read more about that here if you're interested.
Four finalists are trial judges: David, Nation, Emkes, and Moberly. One is a state senator (Steele), and the other four are either big firm lawyers (Boshkoff and Mulvaney), in-house university counsel (Drew), or a governmental lawyer (Fisher).
Seven are from Indianapolis or a donut county, while only two come from other parts of the state: Drew is from Bloomington and Steele is from Bedford.
The ages range from 41 (Fisher) to 62 (Steele) with Drew (48), Boshkoff (49), Emkes (51), David (53), Moberly (56), Mulvaney (60), and Nation (60) rounding out the middle.
The Commission will now conduct a second round of interviews and recommend three finalists to the governor by the end of the month.