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April 14, 2005
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Osborn

Indiana Women Come to Court:
Property, Employment, and Health

Three legal issues that affected women in Indiana in the 19th Century and continue to be important today will be the focus of presentations in the Indiana Supreme Court chambers on Friday, April 22, 2005 at 2 p.m., the Court announced today.

The event, hosted by Indiana Women Come to Court, is expected to become an annual seminar to address topics of current interest in a variety of formats that will be free and open to the public.

Last year at the Federal Court House, former Court of Appeals Judge Betty Barteau spoke about her experience as head of the Russian-American Judicial Partnership. This year, legal experts will discuss three issues perennially important to the evolution of women's rights: property, employment, and health.

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will address a series of cases from the 1800s in which a woman's right to acquire, hold on to, and transfer property was delineated, furthered, and upheld. John Woods, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at Purdue University, will discuss Chrapliwy v. Uniroyal, a federal case originating in the Northern District of Indiana in which women working for Uniroyal sued for equal pay, equal consideration in hiring and layoffs, and fair representation by their union. Judge Nancy Vaidik of the Indiana Court of Appeals will discuss an opinion she authored last year examining women's health issues and finding a right of privacy grounded in the Constitution of Indiana.

Indiana Women Come to Court is sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court "Courts in the Classroom" Project, the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the Women and Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Indiana Women's History Association. The seminar will take place at 2 p.m. in the recently renovated Supreme Court chambers on the third floor of the State House.

This event has been approved for one (1) hour of Continuing Legal Education credit. In addition, newly admitted lawyers can receive one (1) credit of new lawyer CLE. There is no charge for the CLE credit. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will webcast "live" at

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