Heavy-hitter women judges to be honored at ISBA 19th Amendment event

Past and present female judges from across the state will gather this month at an Indiana State Bar Association event to reflect on the history and significance of the 19th Amendment.

The ISBA will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in America at the event, “Indiana’s Bench and Bar Celebration of the 19th Amendment.” The event will take place from 12 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, 46208.

Postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will honor V. Sue Shields, the first woman elected to an Indiana general jurisdiction trial court, the first female judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals and the first female federal magistrate judge in the state. Also scheduled for recognition are Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush; former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby; Indiana Court of Appeals judges Elaine Brown, Melissa May, Patricia Riley, Margret Robb, Elizabeth Tavitas, Nancy Vaidik and Leanna Weissmann; senior judges Linda Chezem and Betty Barteau; and Indiana Tax Court Judge Martha Blood Wentworth.

Indiana Southern District Court Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker will emcee the program.

The event will feature a story performer to offer a “high-speed story of women’s battle for the ballot that inspires audiences to keep digging for justice as they marvel, laugh and learn from women who paved the way.”

Also, Chief Justice Rush will give a presentation on the women’s suffrage movement and its aftermath.

Finally, a panel discussion involving several Hoosier female judges will close out the event with a discussion of the state of the appellate bench, sharing insights from the past and present. Both judicial presentations will offer CLE credits.

Registration and pricing information can be found online. Those interested in attending must register by Aug. 18.

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