Nation finalist for Indiana Supreme Court


Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Steve Nation is one of three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. Nation, 62, was selected by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission after a last round of interviews. The other two finalists include Loretta Rush and Geoffrey Slaughter.

Most recently, Nation presided over former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s criminal trial and sentencing for seven felonies, including voter fraud.

Rush, 54, is a juvenile court judge in Tippecanoe County, which is the home of Purdue University as well as where Daniels will become president once his term ends. She was the only female selected to be one of the three finalists, even though 16 of the 22 job applicants were female, including Julia Kozicki of Noblesville.

Slaughter, 49, is a partner at Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP in Indianapolis. He clerked for a U.S. district judge and has worked as a special counsel for the Indiana attorney general’s office.

In the next two months, Governor Mitch Daniels will choose a replacement for retiring Justice Frank Sullivan, who is leaving the court for a teaching job at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. It’ll be the third time that Daniels, whose second term is approaching its end, will have named a justice to Indiana’s five-member court. The governor has already appointed Steven David and Mark Massa to the court.