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Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting bar association news around the state. The IL strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

Evansville bar forms Access to Justice group

Evansville Bar Association president Todd Glass has announced the formation of a new Access to Justice committee which aims to promote and enhance access to pro bono services in the greater Evansville area. The committee will look at collaborative efforts among local pro bono providers, including the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana, the Legal Aid Society and Indiana Legal Services.

Glass wrote in the February issue of the bar’s newsletter that attorney Charles Hewins will lead the new committee, which will help generate ideas about how to replenish dwindling funds for pro bono providers.

IndyBar lawyers draft wills

Indianapolis Bar Association attorneys draft wills free of charge as part of the bar’s Low Asset Wills Program. Qualified individuals can meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will and testament and advance directives. Applications for the program are available on the IndyBar’s website: http://www.indybar.org/

Dred Scott lecture March 6

In celebration of Black History Month, the Indiana Supreme Court, in conjunction with the Indiana Bar Foundation and Martin University, is hosting a free CLE from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 on the campus of Martin University in Indianapolis.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, author of “Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story,” will talk about the implications of the March 6, 1857, decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford. In that case, the United States Supreme Court majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, held that black people would never be citizens. Also speaking will be Lynne M. Jackson, great-great-granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott, who will offer her personal perspective on her family and the ruling. She is president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis, Mo.

Reservations are required and may be made online using the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series CLE Registration form found at: http://tinyURL.com/Feb28CLE 

CLE credit is free (1.5 hours for Course #149775) and registration with attorney number will be completed at the door. For more information, contact Sarah Kidwell at sarah.kidwell@courts.IN.gov.•

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