Court sponsors Northwest Ordinance lecture

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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The Indiana Supreme Court is sponsoring a lecture celebrating the 221st anniversary of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and the legal issues related to Indiana's southern borders established by the ordinance. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. on July 14.

Seating in the Supreme Court's courtroom for "221 Years of Unsettled Borders: Indiana and the Northwest Ordinance" is no longer available for the free lecture, but a monitor and overflow seating will be available in the atrium area, as well as a live webcast.

The program, a part of the Indiana Supreme Court's Legal History Lecture Series, will begin with a brief discussion about the difficulty of documenting Indiana's southern border, the Ohio River, and then focus on a 1978 case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985 that questioned the location of the boundary. The high court issued a decree in Kentucky v. Indiana, 474 U.S. 1 (1985), deciding both Indiana and Kentucky have concurrent jurisdiction over the Ohio River.

Donald Bogard, one of the lead attorneys on the case, who was chief counsel for then-Indiana Attorney General Ted Sendak, will be the primary speaker at the lecture.

The next lecture in the Legal History series will be Oct. 3, featuring Anderson University history professor Brian Dirck, author of the book, "Lincoln the Lawyer." Reservations for this event are now being accepted and can be made by e-mail at or (317) 232-2550.

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