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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson will step down from his position leading the Court after only two years in the job, but remain on the bench as an Associate Justice.

Dickson has been an Indiana Supreme Court Justice since 1986.  He replaced Randall Shepard as Chief Justice in May of 2012. 

The former Lafayette attorney was scheduled for mandatory retirement at age 75 in 2016 and says knowing his tenure was limited led him to Wednesday’s announcement. 

The list of applicants to replace state Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan was reduced to three Wednesday and only one woman remains.  

The Judicial Nominating Commission narrowed the list of 22 applicants down to ten last month.  And from the ten emerged three finalists: Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation, Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Loretta Rush and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter.

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The new chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court is a Purdue alumnus.

The Judicial Nominating Commission voted for Brent Dickson to take on the job. He has been serving as interim chief justice since Randall Shepard retired in March.

Dickson is a former Lafayette attorney, who received his law degree from Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1968. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1964.