May 31, 2012
Legal history seminars open to the public

This fall, the three recipients of Indiana Legal History Grants from Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Supreme Court will each make a presentation based on their research at a seminar open to the public.

Sept. 25: Maxine Brown, from Southern Indiana Minority Enterprise Initiative, will discuss a number of cases from 1800-1900 that were filed by African Americans in southern Indiana.

Nov. 15: Jennifer Kalvaitis, an M.A. student in public history at IUPUI, will discuss how Indianapolis women first gained a limited right to vote, then lost it, when the Marion Superior Court and then the Indiana Supreme Court, overturned a 1917 state statute.

Dec. 6: Richard Day, a historian at Vincennes State Historic Sites, will discuss documents pertaining to Isaac Blackford’s early years in Vincennes, from 1813-1824. Blackford is the Indiana Supreme Court’s longest serving justice and was a nationally recognized legal jurist.

All of the 1 ½ hour seminars will be held in the Indiana Supreme Court Courtroom in the Indiana Statehouse and will be available as free Continuing Legal Education courses for licensed attorneys in Indiana. To register, or for more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Osborn at

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