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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ind. Courts - Was this Justice Sullivan's last day on the Supreme Court?

From the May 30th Court press release announcing applications were "available for a position on the State's highest court":

The position on the high court is available because Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. announced he is stepping down from the bench. In April 2012, the Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law announced Justice Sullivan would begin teaching full time in Fall 2012. His departure creates the third opening on the five-member Court in the past two years.
Notice the wording. And there have been no additional, more specific releases from the Court. An earlier April 5th Court release on the upcoming vacancy said:
On April 2, 2012 Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. announced his retirement from the Supreme Court. His exact retirement date has not been set, but will take place during the summer.
Here, in an April 2nd post, is the announcement from Robert H. McKinney School of Law - it begins:
Indianapolis -- Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., has been appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Dean Gary R. Roberts announced today. Sullivan’s appointment takes effect at the start of the Fall Semester.
And here are several press stories on the retirement, from April 3rd.

The ILB this evening has been unable to verify that this was Justice Sullivan's last day on the Court. An e-mail inquiry to the Justice has gone unanswered. But the Court over the past few days has issued an unusual number of opinions, it is the last day of July, and most law faculty are on a ten-month contract that begins August 1 and ends May 31. Classes begin August 20.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 31, 2012 07:30 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts