Governor Mike Pence today announced the appointment of Steven L. Hostetler to the St. Joseph Superior Court. The appointment of Hostetler will fill an upcoming vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court that will occur on June 3, 2013 when Judge Michael P. Scopelitis retires.
"Steven Hostetler is a man of integrity whose legal experience and knowledge of the law, combined with his extensive pro bono work and volunteerism in the community, make him the right choice to serve as a judge in St. Joseph County Superior Court," said Governor Pence.
Hostetler graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. from Olivet Nazarene University. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law and began working for Thorne Grodnik, making partner in 1988.
Hostetler has extensive civil litigation experience. He developed an impressive practice representing businesses and financial institutions. His legal expertise includes bankruptcy, creditors' rights, commercial litigation, real estate and general corporate law.
Active in the Salvation Army of St. Joseph County, Hostetler has served as a member and past president of the advisory board. As president, he spearheaded fundraising and planning to build the South Bend Kroc Community Center.
The St. Joseph County Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission submitted Hostetler's name along with four others to Governor Pence for his consideration and appointment.