L’burg Attorney Takes Another Shot At Joining Ind. Supreme Court

Posted On March 06, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Supreme Court

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A Lawrenceburg attorney is applying for a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.

26-year Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker is due to retire this spring. The process of choosing his replacement has begun.

Leanna Weissmann is an appellate attorney who has represented many southeastern Indiana convicts in appeals of their convictions or sentences. Weissmann is among 21 attorneys and judges who have filed an application with the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.

Weissmann interviewed last year in a bid to replace retired justice Brent Dickson. However, the commission and then-Governor Mike Pence choose Geoffrey Slaughter to join the Indiana Supreme Court.

Others applying to join the state’s highest court include:

Mr. Dale W. Arnett, Winchester, Indiana

Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Circuit Court 4

Mr. Stephen R. Creason, Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Ralph E. Dowling, Muncie, Indiana

Hon. Peter R. Foley, Morgan Superior Court 1

Hon. Christopher M. Goff, Wabash Superior Court

Hon. Clayton A. Graham, Marion Superior Court, Criminal Div. 7

Hon. Maria D. Granger, Floyd Superior Court 3

Ms. Elizabeth C. Green, Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Lyle R. Hardman, South Bend, Indiana

Ms. Leslie C. Henderzahs, Fishers, Indiana

Hon. Steven L. Hostetler, St. Joseph Superior Court

Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid, Boone Superior Court 1

Hon. Larry W. Medlock, Washington Circuit Court

Ms. Jaime M. Oss, La Porte, Indiana

Mr. Bryce D. Owens, Pendleton, Indiana

Mr. William N. Riley, Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Peter J. Rusthoven, Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Andrew U. D. Straw, Schaumburg, Illinois

Rep. Thomas M. Washburne, Evansville, Indiana

According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member commission must recruit and select candidates to fill the vacancy on the state’s highest court. To be eligible for nomination as a justice of the Supreme Court, the Indiana Constitution requires that a person be domiciled in the state, a U.S. citizen, and admitted to practice as a lawyer for 10 years or served as a Circuit or Superior Court judge for at least 5 years. The Commission will review applications, consider applicants’ eligibility, legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law, and other pertinent information to decide who to interview.

Initial interviews are March 20-22 with a second round of interviews April 17-19. They are open to the public and will take place at the Indiana State House in room 319. When the March interview schedule is made public, applications and photographs will be available online. Attachments, including writing samples and transcripts, will be available in the Supreme Court Law Library.

After interviews and deliberations in an executive session, the Commission will publicly vote to send the three most qualified names to Governor Eric Holcomb. The Governor has 60 days to select Indiana’s next justice.