Hon. Brent E. Dickson
Indiana Supreme Court, Indianapolis
Brent E. Dickson was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in January, 1986, by Governor Robert D. Orr, after seventeen years as a general practice lawyer in Lafayette, Indiana, where he earned certification as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Born in Gary, Indiana, in 1941, he was educated at public schools in Hobart, Indiana; Purdue University (B.S. 1964); and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis (J.D. 1968). Justice Dickson's writings, speeches, and activities reflect his longstanding interests in fostering attorney civility, preserving and enhancing our jury trial system, developing and encouraging mediation, and promoting the study and application of state constitutional law. Working to enforce and enhance the high standards of the legal profession, he has long served as the court's liaison to its Disciplinary Commission and Board of Law Examiners. He is co-founder of the Sagamore Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Indianapolis, an elected member of the American Law Institute, a registered mediator, and has been an active participant in a host of local, state, and national judicial and legal organizations. For over ten years, Justice Dickson served as an adjunct professor at Indiana University's Schools of Law, teaching an evening course in Indiana Constitutional Law. During his tenure as a justice, he also has helped the court tackle the challenges of digital technology and the interrelationship between privacy and openness of court records in light of the advent of the Internet by serving as chair of the Supreme Court Records Management Committee, the Judicial Data Processing Oversight Committee, and the Task Force on Access to Court Records. Justice Dickson and his wife, Jan Aikman Dickson, have three adult sons and eight grandchildren.