If you’re an attorney in Indiana, chances are you received an email from acting Chief Justice Brent Dickson Wednesday. Dickson sent the email to the legal community encouraging lawyers to apply for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court.
“Appellate judicial service can be an enormously satisfying opportunity to serve your professional and your fellow Hoosiers,” Dickson wrote.
Dickson explained that he never intended to be an appellate judge and was happy practicing law in Lafayette. But two friends suggested he consider the possibility when an opening occurred on the Supreme Court in 1985. Dickson joined the court in January 1986.
The letter was prompted by the recent announcement by Justice Frank Sullivan that he will be stepping down from the court to begin teaching full time at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law this fall.
Dickson also encouraged attorneys in the Second District to consider applying for the opening on the Indiana Court of Appeals that will be created when Judge Carr Darden retires this summer.
The application deadline has not yet been established for Sullivan’s vacancy. Applicants have until May 9 to apply for the Court of Appeals judgeship. Initial public interviews will occur May 15-17 in Indianapolis, with a second round of interviews June 4-5. Darden is stepping down July 21, his 75th birthday.