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Indiana judges to present at pro bono event

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Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, appellate Judge Nancy Vaidik and lawyers and judges from Pro Bono District One will be among the presenters at a daylong event July 22 at Valparaiso University School of Law. The event, “A Potpourri of Timely Topics,” is co-sponsored by the law school and NWI Volunteer Lawyers.

Topics on the agenda include prosecution of domestic battery, judicial perspectives on handling pro se parties, and updates on workers’ compensation and family law. Michael Witte, chair of the Disciplinary Commission, will speak about ethics.

Justice Sullivan will present “Apprendi to Present – The Development of Criminal Law Sentencing in the last 20 Years,” during a working lunch, which is included in the cost of admission. Judge Vaidik will present “Courtroom: Evidentiary Foundations for Newfangled Communications: emails, tweets, text messages, etc.”

Other presenters scheduled to speak so far include Judges William Boklund, David Chidester, Elizabeth Tavitas and Julia Jent; attorneys Jim Sarkisian, Rich Wolter, Adam Tavitas, and Deb Dubovich; Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, executive director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Ivan Bodensteiner, professor at Valparaiso University School of Law.

Judy Stanton, executive director of NWI Volunteer Lawyers, said she is still seeking law firms who are interested in underwriting the event, which is a fundraiser for Pro Bono District One. Current sponsors are Hoeppner Wagner & Evans, Rhame & Elwood, and Kenneth Allen & Associates.

Registration is $200, but Stanton said anyone who registers by July 8 and mentions Indiana Lawyer will receive a discounted registration of $175. The event is approved for up to five hours of CLE/2.5 hours of ethics. For registration information, contact Judy Stanton at probono@hotbartlaw.net or 219-942-3404.•

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