Media liaisons and judicial spokespeople from around the United States are in Indianapolis for the 2015 annual meeting of the Conference of Court Public Information Officers Aug. 3 - 5. This is the first time the conference has visited Indiana.
Forty media liaisons from 28 states and British Columbia, Canada, will be in the Circle City for three full days of seminars covering a wide-ranging curriculum from technology to high-profile cases to judicial discipline. The topics are designed to help public information officers to better handle the challenges of getting information from the courts to the public.
“I’m very proud, as is the Indiana Supreme Court, to be hosting the Conference of Court Public Information Officers,” said Kathryn Dolan, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Public Information Officer. “This is a group of bright professionals who work hard to educate and inform the public about the courts.”
Highlights include a lunch with Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa who will speak about his career as a reporter, speechwriter and prosecutor before joining the bench. Also, a session on Guantanamo Bay, held at the Indiana War Memorial, will be led by Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor George Edwards and panelists will include Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will talk to the conference attendees about how judges handle high-profile cases. The Indiana Supreme Court will host a luncheon on Tuesday with Chief Justice Loretta Rush welcoming the visiting public information officers. She will be joined by Justices Robert Rucker, David and Massa along with Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Elaine Brown and U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim Baker.
Dolan credited the Indiana Judicial Center and State Court Administration with playing a strong role in the development of the conference. Support is also provided by the state and federal courts.