13th annual Southern District Court history symposium goes virtual

The fall schedule for the 13th annual Court History and Continuing Legal Education Symposium has been released, the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana announced Friday.

Due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium will take place virtually during three separate one-hour virtual sessions that will be held in September, October, and November.

The first CLE event, titled “History in the Making: Administering Justice During a Pandemic,” will take place on Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon. Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, district judges James R. Sweeney II and James Patrick Hanlon, and magistrate judges Debra McVicker Lynch and Mark J. Dinsmore will reflect on their experiences during the pandemic of working and conducting court from home.

The judicial officers will also discuss the pros and cons of videoconference proceedings and telephonic settlement conferences, and offer tips and tricks for attorneys as they continue to navigate these types of proceedings in federal court. Registration for the CLE closes on September 4.

Then on Oct. 9, the Historical Society will host “Reflections on the Struggle for Woman Suffrage” in Indiana from 3-4 p.m. Dr. Anita Morgan, senior lecturer in history at IUPUI and author of the book, “We Must Be Fearless: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Indiana,” will present on the history of women’s suffrage in Indiana in commemoration of the 2020 Centennial of ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Morgan will also discuss the 1907 campaign to enact county-option suffrage laws in Indiana. The presentation will shed light on the diversity of efforts employed by women to achieve the right to vote during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Registration for that CLE closes on October 2.

The final CLE, “An Election Fraud Case for the Ages: U.S. v. Aczel,” will take place Nov. 20 from 4-5 p.m. Journalist Sasha Issenberg will explore the story behind U.S. v. Aczel, spurred into being after Terre Haute’s mayor, chief of police, and several other prominent officials were indicted in federal court on charges that they used their positions to intimidate and unlawfully detain citizens of Terre Haute to prevent them from voting in the 1914 election. Those interested in attending the CLE must register by November 13.

The Historical Society sponsors the symposium, and one hour of CLE credit is pending approval for each session.

Registration is complimentary for members of the Historical Society. Nonmembers must pay a $50 registration fee, which includes access to all three CLEs and a one-year membership to the Historical Society. Teachers may attend any of the programs at no cost.

The fee may be paid by check or money order and should be mailed to C. Daniel Motsinger, Krieg DeVault LLP, One Indiana Square Suite 2800, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For more information, contact Mary Giorgio at [email protected] or 317-229-3711.

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