Holcomb chooses Judge Derek Molter to join the Indiana Supreme Court

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Friday that he has chosen Appeals Court Judge Derek Molter as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Molter will replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Steven David.

Molter was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Holcomb and began his service on October 1, 2021.

While on the Court of Appeals, Judge Molter remained active as an officer of the Indiana State Bar’s Appellate Division, including recently leading an effort to hold a training seminar Continuing Legal Day on State Constitutional Law.

Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Molter was a partner at Ice Miller in Indianapolis and before that he was a Washington DC attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP.

Eric Holcomb’s office says Judge Molter has become one of Indiana’s most distinguished appellate attorneys. He has appeared before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and numerous federal trial and appellate courts. Holcomb’s office says Molter played a key role in preserving the appeal in numerous trials that resulted in jury verdicts and appeals.

Judge Molter was born and raised in Newton County. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where he earned a place in the Order of the Coif Honor Society and was graduated in the top three percent of her class.

After graduating, Molter served as court clerk for the Honorable Theresa L. Springmann, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He then practiced at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington DC

Molter recently partnered with Appellate Judge Leanna Weissmann and the state bar to organize a collection effort to provide needed supplies to Afghan evacuees from Camp Atterbury. Since 2011, he has helped administer a leadership fund that provides scholarships to students at his alma mater, South Newton High School. Judge Molter lives in Indianapolis with his wife Katie, a lawyer, and three children.

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