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Courts in the Classroom > Legal History Lecture Series > Why It Mattered That Lincoln Was a Lawyer Why It Mattered That Lincoln Was a Lawyer


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The Indiana Supreme Court held a free CLE event, "Why It Mattered That Lincoln Was A Lawyer," on Friday, October 3, 2008 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Due to the tremendous response for this program it will be held in the Indiana House Chambers (Statehouse). Please contact or 317-232-2550 to reserve a seat.

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 #0114298 for 1.5 hours.  Registration will be completed at the door.

About the Event

February 2009 marks the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth.  The Indiana Supreme Court is pleased to join in the national celebration with this special lecture featuring Professor Brian Dirck, author of Lincoln the Lawyer.  Professor Dirck teaches history at Anderson University and spends much of his spare time researching and lecturing on Abraham Lincoln, with an emphasis on his work as a lawyer.  (Professor Dirck's book will be available for purchase at the program.)

Lincoln became interested in law because he was told as a young Hoosier "that every man would be a better and more useful citizen if he had a general knowledge of the law."  On the anniversary of Lincoln's birth who is more appropriate to talk about Lincoln's legacy than Hoosier lawyers?

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Volunteer Opportunity

The session will conclude by providing attendees with information about how lawyers can volunteer to visit classrooms in February 2009 to talk to students about why Lincoln thought every citizen should "know a little about the law."   The Indiana Supreme Court in partnership with the Indiana State Bar Association will provide lawyers with talking points and books (for those talking to elementary school groups) to take out to the classrooms.

Courts in the Classroom in conjunction with the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne has developed comprehensive curriculum materials for teachers in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 about Lincoln and the Law.  These materials are available at no charge for any interested classroom teacher. 

Please find the links below to a sign up sheet for lawyers and judges to volunteer for this program.  There is also a link for interested teachers to request a lawyer.  Please help us to recruit teachers and lawyers for this unique educational opportunity.

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