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Dickson encourages attorneys to consider being an appellate judge

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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.


 

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  4. Law school is social control the goal to produce a social product. As such it began after the Revolution and has nearly ruined us to this day: "“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States which is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. Hence all parties are obliged to borrow, in their daily controversies, the ideas, and even the language, peculiar to judicial proceedings. As most public men [i.e., politicians] are, or have been, legal practitioners, they introduce the customs and technicalities of their profession into the management of public affairs. The jury extends this habitude to all classes. The language of the law thus becomes, in some measure, a vulgar tongue; the spirit of the law, which is produced in the schools and courts of justice, gradually penetrates beyond their walls into the bosom of society, where it descends to the lowest classes, so that at last the whole people contract the habits and the tastes of the judicial magistrate.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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