Brent Dickson

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Brent Dickson
Court Information:
Indiana Supreme Court
Title:   Chief justice
Salary:  $167,500[1]
Appointed by:   Gov. Robert Orr
Active:   1986-2018
Chief:   2012-2014
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Born:   1941
Undergraduate:   Purdue University, 1964
Law School:   Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, 1968

Brent E. Dickson is the chief justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. He was appointed the 100th justice and took office on January 6, 1986.[2] He was retained by the state's voters in retention elections in 1988, 1998 and 2008. His current ten-year term expires in 2018, but he will have to leave the bench on July 18, 2016 when he reaches the age of mandatory retirement.[3] Dickson served as acting chief justice on the court following the retirement of Randall Shepard; on May 15, 2012, the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named Dickson the permanent new chief justice. Dickson was the first new chief justice in twenty-five years.[4] In June 2014, he announced that he would step down from the role as chief justice, though he would remain on the court. He will be succeeded in that role by Loretta H. Rush.[5]


Justice Dickson received his B.S. from Purdue University in 1964 and his J.D. Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1968.[2]


Prior to his appointment, Dickson spent his career as a general practice lawyer. He was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1986.[2]

Awards and associations


  • Co-founder, Sagamore Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Member, American Law Institute[2]



Dickson was retained to the supreme court with 72.8 percent of the vote.[6]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Dickson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.11, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.01 that justices received in Indiana. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[7]

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