Governor Mike Pence has appointed Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter to the Indiana Supreme Court. Slaughter, who has previously served as special counsel to the Indiana attorney general, replaces Brent Dickson, who retired last month.
Slaughter is a native of Lake County who currently serves as a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis. He is also the president of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Pence said it was difficult to choose Dickson’s successor. He said Dickson’s 30 years on the bench was a benefit when deciding on who his appointment would be.
"What impressed all of us about Justice Dickson was not just his intellect, but his character, his disposition, his demeanor, and those were the qualities that guided my decision in Geoff Slaughter to be the 109th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court," said Pence. "Throughout his nearly 30-year legal career, Geoff Slaughter has demonstrated a first-rate legal intellect, an unparalleled understanding of the constitution and antitrust law, a remarkable ability to think and to write clearly on complex issues, and, as is of equal importance for members of our judiciary, Geoff has throughout his career demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of life in his community."
Slaughter said he was grateful and humbled to be appointed to the high court.
"For more than 20 years, since I came back home to Indiana, I’ve had the privilege of litigating in our Supreme Court," said Slaughter. "Throughout that time, it’s rightly been recognized as a smart, hardworking, and collegial court. I pledge to do all I can to ensure that my service on the court only reinforces those qualities."
Slaughter’s appointment will be effective on the day he is sworn in. An official swearing-in ceremony will be announced at a later date.
Pence said he looked back at the career of former Justice Brent Dickson when deciding on his successor.