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The intersection of religion, race, and the law will be discussed from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Indiana State Capitol Building. The free event is sponsored by Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis.

Judges, church leaders, and a law professor will discuss the question, "What does it mean to have our first Hispanic-Latina Supreme Court member, Justice Sonia Sotomayor?"

The featured speaker is Myra C. Selby, a former Indiana Supreme Court justice and the first African-American to be named to that position. She is now a partner at Ice Miller in downtown Indianapolis.

Other panelists include Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson; Lake Circuit Judge Lorenzo Arredondo; Marion Superior Judge David Shaheed; Henry C. Karlson, professor of law emeritus, I.U. School of Law - Indianapolis; Rev. Dr. Huberto Pimentel, Hispanic Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and Rev. Dr. Felipe Martinez, Whitewater Valley Presbytery.

A tour of the Supreme Court chamber from 3 to 4 p.m. will precede the program. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided. Free parking is available in the parking lot to the north of the Capitol building.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail churches@churchfederationindy.org or call (317) 926-5371.

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