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Court History Symposium set for Nov. 18

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The third annual “Court History Symposium: Court History and History in the Making” CLE will feature remarks from Southern District judges as the court enters a new era.

Chief Judge Richard L. Young and Judge Sarah Evans Barker will speak about the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s future. Also on the agenda are George Geib, professor of history at Butler University, who will give a talk titled “The Central Competitive and Wartime Emergency Law”; and Michael Marine, attorney to the clerk for the Southern District, who will speak about Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 and Rules of Professional Conduct 3.1 and 3.3.

The CLE is sponsored by the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Three hours of CLE credit, including one hour of ethics credit, are pending. The CLE is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom, Room 202 in the federal courthouse in Indianapolis.

Registration is required as space is limited. Those who belong to the Historical Society of the Southern District may attend free of charge, but need to register. Others may attend for $50 with the registration fee paid upon arrival. Everyone who wants to attend must RSVP by Nov. 11 to denise.fort@bakerd.com.

For more information, contact Scott Chinn at (317) 237-1291 or e-mail at scott.chinn@bakerd.com.

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