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Court sponsors Lincoln lecture, free CLE

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The Indiana Supreme Court will host a free CLE event, "Why it Mattered That Lincoln Was a Lawyer," from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3. The event is part of a national celebration of the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, Feb. 12, 2009.

Anderson University professor Brian Dirck will give a special lecture at the event in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom. Dirck is the author of "Lincoln the Lawyer" and spends much of his spare time researching and lecturing about Lincoln with an emphasis on his work as an attorney.

Attendees will also learn about how attorneys can volunteer to visit classrooms in February 2009 to talk to students about why Lincoln thought every citizen should "know a little about the law." The Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana State Bar Association are partnering to provide attorneys with talking points and materials to take to the classrooms statewide.

Seating is limited at the CLE event to the first 150 reservations. The CLE credit is free and registration with an attorney number will be made at the door. The lecture will also be streamed live through the court's Web site. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Indiana Supreme Court at (317) 232-2550 or shachey@courts.state.in.us.

Information about how lawyers can get involved is also on the court's Web site.

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