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Frederick Reed Dickerson, American lawyer, educator. Bar: Massachusetts 1934, Illinois 1936, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1943. Recipient Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Department Defense, 1957, award Association American Law Schools, 1983; Ford Foundation law faculty fellow Harvard University, 1961-1962; American Assembly fellow, 1968.


Dickerson, Frederick Reed was born on November 11, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Fred George and Rena (Reed) Dickerson.


Graduate, Lake Forest Academy, 1927. AB, Williams College, 1931. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1934.

Master of Laws (University fellow 1938-1939), Columbia University, 1939. Doctor of Juridical Science, Columbia University, 1950. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Indiana University, 1986.


Associate, Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, Boston, 1934-1935;associate, McNab, Holmes & Long, Chicago, 1936-1938;assistant professor of law, Washington University, St. Louis, 1939-1940;assistant professor of law, University Pittsburgh, 1940-1942;attorney, OPA, 1942-1947;assistant legislation counsel, United States House of Representatives, 1947-1949;assistant legislation counsel, Joint Army-Air Force Statutory Revision GroupChairman of Commission on codification, deputy assistant general counsel, unites states department Defense, 1949-1958;professor of law, Indiana U., 1958-1983;professor emeritus, Indiana U., 1983-1991;associate dean, Indiana U., 1971-1975;founding director Institute for Legal Drafting, Indiana U., 1988-1991;distinguished visiting professor law, Southern Illinois U., 1976, 80. President F.G. Dickerson Company, Chicago, 1948-1982. Chairman commission on uniform laws State of Indiana, 1969-1981.

Member Indiana Statute Revision Commission, 1969-1970,advisory board Center Semiotic Research: Law, Government, Economics. Consultant Department Defense, 1958-1959, 66, Federal Aviation Administration, 1960-1965, Department Transportation, 1967-1969, President's Committee on Consumer Interests, 1967-1968, Commision on Government Procurement, 1971-1972, General Accounting Office, 1973-1976. Lecturer Northwestern University, 1938, American U., 1956, 58, Practising Law Institute, 1961, 79, United Kingdom Government Legal Officers' Course, 1972, United States Civil Service Commission, 1971-1976, lecturer Center for Administrative Justice, 1975-1979.


  • Bar: Massachusetts 1934, Illinois 1936, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1943.



The Covenant is the means of grace by which the relationship with God is accepted and then sustained. It is therefore not so much about getting in to a relationship with God as it is about staying in it.


The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


Member Arlington Civic Symphony, 1950-1953. President Chevy Chase Citizens Association, 1955-1956, Friends of Music, Indiana University, 1972-1973. Member American Law Institute, National Conference Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, American Bar Association (chairman standing committee law and technical 1968-1969, chairman standing committee legislation drafting 1969-1973, chairman committee on language science and formal systems 1982-1987), Indiana Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, Pierian Sodality of 1808, Order of Coif, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Gamma Delta.


Married Jane Morrison, June 14, 1939. Children: Elizabeth Ann (Mistress David D. Brown), John Scott, Martha Reed.

Fred George Dickerson

Rena (Reed) Dickerson

Jane Morrison

Elizabeth Ann Dickerson (Mistress David D. Brown)

John Scott Dickerson

Martha Reed Dickerson