Events Archive

April 5, 2012
Indiana Law Review Symposium
Reflecting on Forty Years of Merit Selection

Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Beau Zoeller

There is no fee to attend this event but registration is required.



8:30 a.m.Welcome from Dean Roberts
8:40 a.m.Welcome and Introduction of Mr. Robinson by the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr., Indiana Supreme Court
9:00 a.m.Keynote Speaker: ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III
9:30 a.m.“Merit Selection in Indiana: The Foundation for a Fair and Impartial Appellate Judiciary” – The Honorable Edward W. Najam, Jr., Indiana Court of Appeals
10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m."Diversity in Merit Selection Systems" – Mr. K.O. Myers, Director of Research & Programs, American Judicature Society
11:00 a.m.
"Retention Elections after Iowa 2010" (panel discussion)
  • The Honorable Marsha Ternus, (former) Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Theodore Boehm, Indiana Supreme Court (retired)
  • Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director, Justice at Stake
  • Professor Penny White, University of Tennessee College of Law

Moderator: The Honorable Melissa S. May, Indiana Court of Appeals

12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m."The Perils of Merit Selection" – Mr. James Bopp, Jr., Bopp, Coleson, & Bostrom
2:15 p.m."Recusal Reform: An Antidote to Citizens United and White" – Professor Penny White, University of Tennessee College of Law
3:00 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m."Should Indiana Merit Selection Be Trumpeted, Tweaked, or Trashed? – The Governors’ Counsels" (panel discussion)
  • Mr. John Whitaker, Citizen’s Energy Group, (former) Counsel to Gov. Orr
  • The Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson, Southern District of Indiana, (former) Counsel to Gov. Bayh
  • Mr. Jon Laramore, Faegre, Baker Daniels, (former) Counsel to Gov. O’Bannon and Gov. Kernan
  • Mr. David Pippen, Bose McKinney, & Evans, (former) Counsel to Gov. Daniels

Moderator: The Honorable Tim Oakes, Marion Superior Court


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 call (317) 278-4789 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.