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 Monday. Sullivan’s appointment takes effect at the start of the Fall Semester.
“Having Frank Sullivan join our faculty is an exciting and extraordinary opportunity to bring in someone with a great mind and academic temperament to teach our students both theory and practice and to add to our scholarly culture,” said Dean Roberts. “At the same time Justice (soon to be Professor) Sullivan can connect the school more firmly with the practicing bar and bench through his extraordinary reputation and his extensive experience as a practicing lawyer, state budget director and Supreme Court justice. This is truly a unique and special hire for the IU McKinney School of Law.”
“I am honored to join the faculty at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law,” Sullivan said. “I have long admired the faculty of the law school and its commitment to the school’s students and to community service. I very much hope I can make my own contributions in those regards.”
Sullivan served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the school of law from 2007-2009, teaching a class in public finance law. Dean Roberts said that he expects Sullivan to teach classes in business law and corporate finance. Sullivan said that he will continue to serve as a member of the Court until near the start of the fall semester at the law school. He said he will notify the Clerk of the Court and the Judicial Nominating Commission as soon as a definite date for his departure from the Court is determined.
Sullivan has been a member of the Indiana Supreme Court since 1993 when he was appointed by former Governor Evan Bayh. During his tenure on the Court, he has authored approximately 500 majority opinions addressing a wide range of criminal, civil, and tax law issues. Several of his decisions have been selected for publication in law school casebooks.
Prior to his appointment to the Court, Sullivan served as State Budget Director (1989-1992) and Executive Assistant for Fiscal Policy to Governor Bayh (1993) during which time he directed the preparation of the Bayh administration’s budget proposals and oversaw implementation of state budgets passed by the Legislature. Prior to state service, he practiced corporate finance and securities law in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, Indiana’s largest law firm. Sullivan served on the staff of former U.S. Rep. John Brademas from 1974 to 1979, ultimately assuming the position of staff director.
Sullivan has been active in national judicial and law reform organizations. He is a past chair of the ABA Appellate Judges Conference and the Appellate Judges Education Institute Board of Directors. He has been a leader of the ABA’s Judicial Clerkship Program that encourages minority law students to seek judicial clerkships and is the recipient of several awards for advancing opportunities for minority lawyers in the legal profession. And he is a member of the American Law Institute and has been selected as an Adviser to two of its Projects: “Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm” and “Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes.”
Sullivan graduated from Dartmouth College (A.B., cum laude, 1972) and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington (J.D., magna cum laude, 1982; Order of the Coif). He also holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law (2001). He is married to Cheryl G. Sullivan; they are the parents of three adult sons. An avid runner, Sullivan has qualified for and competed in the Boston Marathon three times in the last decade.