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Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Courts in the Classroom > Legal History Lecture Series > Celebrating Black History Celebrating Black History


The Indiana Supreme Court held a free CLE event, Celebrating Black History on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm on the campus of Martin University in Indianapolis.

This is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series with support from the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. It has been assigned course number 138931 for 1.5 hours. Registration will be completed at the door.

About the Event

The session will include a general overview of judicial selection and the operation of Indiana Supreme Court (e.g., cases accepted for transfer, assignment of cases for oral argument, etc.), and a presentation about a very specific Indiana lawyer - John Morton Finney. 

John Morton Finney is one of Indianapolis' most interesting attorneys.   As a young man Finney served as a "Buffalo Soldier" during World War I.  Beginning in 1922 he taught Latin, Greek, German, Spanish and French at Crispus Attucks High School where he remained for 47 years.  He began practicing law in the 1940s.  In 1996, at age 107, he was recognized as the oldest practicing attorney in the United States.

Speakers for the program include Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker and Roderick Morgan, immediate past president of the Indiana Bar Association and partner at Bingham McHale.

Prior to the free CLE there will be a public program on courts and judicial independence, including a panel discussion with Judge Sarah Evans Barker, Indianapolis Star Editor Dennis Ryerson, and Professor John L. Hill of the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis.

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