One of the nine semifinalists for the soon-to-be vacant position for the Indiana Supreme Court has ties to Clay County.
Kiply Drew, 48, Bloomington, is the daughter of Bill Shobe, who grew up in Clay County.
She was one of 34 people to interview for a position on the state's high court. Current Justice Theodore R. Boehm, who has been on the court since 1996, will be retiring in later this year.
According to Shobe, Drew is an in-house attorney for Indiana University.
"This makes me pretty proud," Shobe said.
Drew's grandparents, Bill and Leona Shobe, were both residents of Brazil.
"I'm sure they would have been extremely proud," Bill Shobe said.
The other eight finalists include Ellen Boshkoff, Judge Steve David, Judge Cynthia Emkes, Thomas Fisher, Judge Robert Moberly, Karl Mulvaney, Judge Steven Nation and Sen. Brent Steele.
Of the nine finalists, four are trial judges, while one is a state senator. Two are lawyers for firms while Fisher is the Solicitor General for the Indiana Attorney General's office.
Drew and Steele are the only finalists not from Marion County.
The nine candidates will face a second round of questioning July 30. From there, three finalists will be recommended to Governor Mitch Daniels by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Currently, there are no women on the Indiana Supreme Court. The remaining four justices include Randall T. Shephard (on court since 1985), Brent E. Dickson (on court since 1986), Frank Sullivan Jr. (on court since 1993) and Robert D. Rucker (on court since 1999).
According to the Indiana Law Blog, Drew was one of 19 female candidates.
"Just to get in the final nine, that's pretty amazing," Shobe said.