Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard—the longest-serving state court chief justice in the nation—is retiring from the bench on March 4, 2012, after 27 years on the appellate bench and 25 years in that top administrative position. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commision (JNC) now begins the process of selecting a replacement for Chief Justice Shepard.
WKW partner Bill Winingham began service in 2011 as one of the seven members of the JNC after being elected by attorneys in the Second District of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Members of the JNC interview candidates for vacancies on the Indiana Supreme Court, and narrow the list of candidates to three attorneys. Those names are then submitted to the governor for his selection to select Indiana’s next justice. The JNC will select Indiana’s next Chief Justice after March 4.