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Federal judge speaker at Black History Month celebration

IL Staff
February 3, 2012
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U.S. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the Southern District of Indiana is the featured speaker and will present remarks on “Celebrating the Role of the Courts in Indiana’s Black History,” Feb. 10 at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis.

Pratt became the first African-American federal judge in Indiana when she took the oath of office June 25, 2010.

The African Drum Ballet, a renowned middle school percussion group from Arkansas, will provide musical entertainment. The program will last one hour and approval of one hour of CLE credit is pending. Pre-registration isn’t required.

The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis. It is free and open to the public.

In the morning, high school students will recreate a hearing from the Indianapolis Public Schools desegregation case. Chief Judge Richard L. Young will act as the Hon. S. Hugh Dillin and members of the Black History Month Committee will assume personas based on real people who testified in the case. That program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

 

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