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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Retiring Indiana Justice Dickson hailed for civility"

Rick Callahan of the AP's story appears in many papers today, including the South Band Tribune. Some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson ended his long tenure on the state's high court Friday with a retirement ceremony filled with praise from the court's other justice for his civility, grace and a legacy of nearly 900 legal opinions.

About 200 people packed the court's Statehouse courtroom to toast Dickson, whose tenure of more than 30 years is second only to the 35 years that 19th century Justice Isaac Blackford served on the state's court of last resort.

The court's four other justices took turns paying homage to Dickson, who is retiring before reaching the court's mandatory retirement age of 75 in July. * * *

Dickson later offered farewell remarks to the gathering that included lawmakers, several federal judges and members of the state's appeals and tax courts.

He choked up as he thanked his staff, law clerks, colleagues and others for their assistance over the years.

"As I step down from this bench today I do feel an enormous sense of gratitude," he said.

Gov. Mike Pence told the gathering that Dickson had amassed "a career in public service which will inspire Hoosiers for generations to come."

The governor presented both Dickson and his wife, Jan, with Sagamore of the Wabash awards — among Indiana's highest honors. Jan Aikman Dickson is founder of the Judicial Family Institute, a national group that assists judicial households and their extended families.

You may watch the retirement ceremony here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 30, 2016 10:32 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts