After 19 years on the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Frank Sullivan announced Monday he will step down later this year, making him the third justice to step down during Governor Mitch Daniels’ tenure.
He has taken a job as a professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Sullivan says he has been considering retiring for a couple of years.
“I got to thinking that I was reaching an age where, if I was going to do one more big thing before retiring, I needed to get about it,” he says.
When appointing a successor for recently-retired Chief Justice Randall Shepard, there was a lot of pressure on Governor Daniels to choose a woman, who would have been only the second to serve on the Court. Instead, Daniels chose former state and federal prosecutor Mark Massa. Sullivan says he would love to see a woman replace him.
“I think that our Court would be better off if there were one or two or three women on it,” he says.
But he says, to be fair, that shouldn’t be the only determining factor. Sullivan says he will leave the Court prior to the new school year in late August.