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Justice Brent E. Dickson receives Civility Award from the Indiana State Bar Association

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October 29, 2015


Justice Brent E. Dickson receives Civility Award from the Indiana State Bar Association


INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 29, 2015) – Hon. Brent E. Dickson’s outstanding civility and professionalism in the courtroom was recognized at the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) annual meeting in French Lick earlier this month, where he received the 2015 Civility Award. This award is sponsored by the ISBA Litigation Section.


Justice Dickson was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Gov. Robert D. Orrin in January 1986, after 17 years as a general practice lawyer in Lafayette. He served as Chief Justice of Indiana from May 15, 2012, to Aug. 18, 2014. Born in Gary in 1941, he was educated at public schools in Hobart. Justice Dickson received his B.S. from Purdue University in 1964 and his J.D. from the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1968. 


Justice Dickson serves as a member of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. His 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. 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 more than 10 years, Justice Dickson served as an adjunct professor teaching an evening course in Indiana Constitutional Law at both I.U. Maurer School of Law and I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law. 


During his tenure on the bench, he has also served as chair of the Supreme Court Records Management Committee, the Judicial Data Processing Oversight Committee, the Task Force on Access to Court Records, and as the court's liaison to its Disciplinary Commission and Board of Law Examiners. Justice Dickson and his wife, Jan Aikman Dickson, have three adult sons and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Dickson is founder of the Judicial Family Institute.




Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit


Media Contact: Carissa Long, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, ISBA, 800.266.2581,