Schumm, who sat through the first round of applicant interviews in what's becoming an increasingly public vetting process, said the seven candidates on the semi-finalist list have impressive legal credentials. "It's quite possible the three names could all be men," Schumm said.
Shepard chairs the commission that will be picking the person to fill the seat he'll empty. He's said in the past that women, including some of his own family members, have pushed him to help change the gender make-up of the court. But he's also said the commission's first duty is to identify the most highly qualified candidates for the job.
So far, that's meant selecting seven candidates with a range of legal experiences, most of it Indianapolis-centric. They include two Marion County Superior Court judges, Robert Altice Jr., and Robyn Moberly; Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale Bradford, who is a former federal prosecutor; Indianapolis attorney Mark Massa and Columbus attorney Steven Schultz, both of whom are former legal counsels to Daniels; Indianapolis attorney Jane Seigel, who runs the Indiana Judicial Center; and Floyd Superior Court Judge Maria Granger of New Albany, who at 42, is the youngest of the finalists.
If Seigel, Moberly, or Granger would be appointed to the top court, it would be historic – the state's second woman justice. The first was Myra Selby, who served less than five years before stepping down from the court 11 years ago.
What may be most historic is how information is available to the public about the candidates:
Each of the candidates' applications for the job are posted on the Indiana Supreme Court website. They contain extensive information about their education and experiences, both in their communities and their profession. Granger's application, for example, is 27 pages long.