Judicial Conference this week

September 8, 2008
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From IL reporter Michael Hoskins: 

It’s that time of year. The Judicial Conference of Indiana is holding its annual meeting this week in downtown Indianapolis, and the agenda shows some interesting tidbits that will be covered at the three-day CLE-eligible conference. Mostly on tap is hours of education on multiple court and legal topics, such as revised judicial rules, the new case management system being gradually implemented statewide, and discussion of state bail issues and problem-solving courts.

On the first morning, early judicial birds can find out why it mattered that Abe Lincoln was a lawyer (a timely topic as Feb. 12, 2009, marks the bicentennial of the former president’s birthday). But of course, you can’t forget about yoga hour or dancing with the judges, or the closing featured speaker, Indianapolis Colts’ chaplain Ken Johnson. As the saying goes, “All work and no play….”

Aside from the educational value, the yearly gathering of the Indiana Judges Association also happens here along with a meeting of the conference’s governing board. We may hear talk of statewide court restructuring, which has been on the table for years but got a boost in late 2007 from the Local Government Reform Committee led by former Gov. Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard. We’ll be interested to hear what comes from this year’s conference.
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