Tag: Indiana

What are we defending, and from whom?

By Jeff R. Hawkins, ISBA President 2014-15 A few hundred of my fellow citizens and I shared the privilege of witnessing 64 people’s first citizenship moment on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, during a naturalization ceremony at in the beautiful Grand Hall of Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. The inspirational experience punctuated the two-day ‘We the

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The Few and the Proud

By James Dimos As February brings with it Black History Month, the history of the legal profession in Indiana reveals that African American lawyers are a relatively recent phenomenon. According to the book Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1884-1994 by J. Clay Smith, Jr., the first black lawyer was admitted to practice in

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