Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
(One hundred second Justice)
Frank Sullivan, Jr., was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1993. On July 31, 2012, he retired from the Court to teach at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Sullivan came to the state's highest court with a background in government service and private law practice. He served as Indiana State Budget Director from 1989 through 1992. Prior to state service, he practiced law in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg.
In addition to his responsibilities with respect to opinions, oral arguments, and other appellate work of the Supreme Court, Sullivan was also active in its administrative work. For example, he chaired the Court's Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC), which is devoted to improving technology in trial courts. And he was a frequent participant in bench, bar, and legal education activities.
Sullivan was Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association from 2008-2009 and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Appellate Judges Education Institute from 2009-2010. Sullivan was a member of the American Law Institute and an adviser to two of its projects: “Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm” and “Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes.” He has been a leader of the ABA's Judicial Clerkship Program that encourages minority law students to seek judicial clerkships and has received several awards for advancing opportunities for minority lawyers in the legal profession.
Sullivan is a native of South Bend. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B. cum laude in 1972), Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude in 1982), and the University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M. in 2001). He is married to Cheryl G. Sullivan; they are the parents of three sons. An avid runner, Sullivan has qualified for and competed in the Boston Marathon three times in the last decade.