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September conference focuses on courts-Congress relationship

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Attorneys are already coveting a spot at a September conference on the relationship between Congress and the courts, which will include an appearance by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and multiple other well-known jurists and public officials.

However, registration doesn't begin until Thursday.

Limited to the first 150, the Sept. 14 conference titled "Relations between Congress and the Federal Courts" is sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association. Justice Alito will be the keynote speaker; joining him will the chief judges and others in each of Indiana's federal District courts, Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, and lawmakers such as former U.S. Sen. Daniel R. Coats, and U.S. Reps. Baron Hill, Brad Ellsworth, and Mike Pence. Law school professors, incoming dean Gary Roberts at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, and ISBA president Richard Eynon will also speak.

Topics at the daylong conference will include the process for nominating federal judges, judicial activism, judges' pay, impeachment, and congressional efforts to limit court jurisdiction. Attendees will be able to receive Continuing Legal Education credit.

The event will be in the Wynne Courtroom of Inlow Hall at IU School of Law-Indianapolis. According to the ISBA, members will receive notice about the registration via an e-newsletter to be sent Thursday. The form will also be available on the bar association's Web site at www.inbar.org.
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