Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. has departed the Indiana Supreme Court and officially joined the faculty of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Court staff said Sullivan’s final day as a Supreme Court justice was Tuesday. Sullivan announced earlier this year that he would leave the bench this summer to join I.U. McKinney School of Law.
"I have very much enjoyed the great honor of serving on the Indiana Supreme Court and proud of the work I did there. And I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Robert H. McKinney School of Law faculty and look forward to teaching – and learning – from a terrific group of students and professors," Sullivan told Indiana Lawyer in an email.
Sullivan is the third justice to retire in less than two years, and next week the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct second-round interviews with 10 semifinalists hoping to succeed him. The commission will narrow the list to three finalists whose names will be submitted to Gov. Mitch Daniels.
A South Bend native and former state budget director, Sullivan practiced law at Barnes & Thornburg prior to his public service. Sullivan was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by Gov. Evan Bayh.