Events Archive

September 12, 2011
Panel Discussion and Book Signing
A Legal Retrospective on the Recent Unpleasantness at Conner Prairie

Speaker: Robert Katz, Berkley Duck, Ellen Rosenthal, Steve Carter
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Shari Baldwin ( or 317-274-8036)

This panel discussion will explore the law of charitable trusts and nonprofit organizations by analyzing the legal controversies that led to the creation of the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park as an entity independent of Earlham College, its original owner and trustee. Topics to be discussed include drafting and interpretation of charitable trust instruments, nonprofit governance, fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest and the state attorney general’s role in supervising charitable trusts.

Steve Carter, former Indiana Attorney General

Berkley W. Duck III, Board of Directors for Conner Prairie Museum, Inc.

Ellen M. Rosenthal, President and CEO of Conner Prairie Museum, Inc.

Timothy L. Seiler, Ph.D., CFRE; Director, Public Service and The Fund Raising School and Former Vice President, Indiana University Foundation 

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Professor Robert Katz, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis

Lecture: 6:00 p.m., Wynne Courtroom

Reception: 7:30 p.m. Conour Atrium
Book Signing: Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal, and Rescue of a Museum by Berkley W. Duck III

More information about the Conner Prairie controversy

1.5 hours of Indiana CLE available
(no fee, registration required)

If you wish to attend, please call 317-278-3400, leaving your name and phone number.


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets. (Address is 525 Blackford Street). Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should contact ssbaldwi@iupui or 317-274-8036, no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.