Senator Joe Donnelly

Donnelly Announces President’s Nomination of Myra Selby to Fill Vacancy on U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced that President Obama has nominated Myra C. Selby to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. This seat was formerly held by Judge John Tinder, who retired last year.  

Donnelly said, “Myra Selby is an outstanding candidate to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is an accomplished attorney who has distinguished herself in both the private and public sectors. Myra Selby has been a trailblazer, as the first woman and first African-American to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court and the first African-American partner in a major Indianapolis law firm. Throughout her career, she has sought to ensure fairness in our courts and among our legal services providers and related organizations. She would be a strong addition to the Seventh Circuit bench, and I urge the Senate to move quickly to consider her nomination.” 

As a partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, Selby has a broad-based practice, focusing on matters ranging from corporate internal investigations and appellate work to complex litigation and risk management. She advises large institutional clients in addition to individuals. In 1995, Selby was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court after being selected by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission. She served as an associate justice on the Court until 1999, authoring more than 100 majority opinions. She also led efforts to increase the Court’s accessibility to the public by expanding education and outreach activities. In 1999, she was appointed chair of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness, which works to promote fairness and diversity in the legal system.  Before being appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court, Selby worked as director of health care policy for the state of Indiana. Prior to that, Selby worked as an associate at Ice Miller.

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