A jet-set chief justice

August 7, 2008
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From IL reporter Michael Hoskins: 

Every so often, you’ll see an Indiana Supreme Court order signed by an acting chief justice. Some recent court orders have Justice Brent Dickson filling in for Chief Justice Randall Shepard. Nothing out of the ordinary, just interesting to always keep tabs on what our state’s highest jurists are up to when not putting signatures on orders with their colleagues.

This time, our chief justice spent most of a week in July in Anchorage, Alaska, at a chief justices conference. He was there July 19-23, and his first full day back to work in Indiana was July 28.

Our esteemed high judge noted two topics particularly worth mentioning from this annual meeting: civics education and public information. He sees Indiana doing as well as most states, sometimes better than others. Another topic focused on globalization of law firms and how the chief justices have been working with international bar associations in the past three years about having more American lawyers practice overseas with temporary licenses and having attorneys from other nations do the same here. Sharing thoughts about the conference recently, Chief Justice Shepard said: “I have a pretty good collection of materials and so many ideas to share.”

Of course, he has some additional time to read those materials, and Indiana’s legal community may now see some more acting chief justice lines on orders, as our high jurist has set off for a vacation in Maine; he returns to the court office Aug 13. Word is he may not have even taken his laptop with him. Happy journeys, Mr. Chief Justice.
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