Heavyweight judges to be honored at ISBA 19th Amendment event

Women judges past and present from across the state will come together this month at an Indiana State Bar Association event to reflect on the history and meaning of the 19th Amendment.

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

Postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will pay tribute to V. Sue Shields, the first woman elected to an Indiana trial court, the first female judge in the Court of Indiana appeal and the first female federal magistrate judge in the state. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush must also be recognized; former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby; Indiana Court of Appeal 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.

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

The event will feature a story performer to deliver a ‘high-speed story of the 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 ”.

In addition, Chief Justice Rush will give a presentation on the women’s suffrage movement and its consequences.

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

Registration and pricing information can be found online. Those interested in participating must register before August 18.

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