By Daniel Hageman, Marion County Public Defender Agency
From November 14-17, I attended the Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit in Washington, D.C. The event is a leading appellate conference attracting judges, practitioners and scholars from across the United States, its territories and some foreign countries. My attendance was made possible by the generosity of the Appellate Practice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association through the Jill Ellis Scholarship.
As an appellate public defender, the event gave me the remarkable opportunity to talk with and learn from some great legal minds. The event’s 442 participants included the entire Indiana Supreme Court, approximately half of the Indiana Court of Appeals, some clerks, deputy attorneys general, public defenders and private attorneys. It was a pleasure speaking with my colleagues and counterparts outside of legal correspondence. The opening cocktail reception at the United States Supreme Court was one such instance and a highlight of the event.
The four days of presentations and panel discussions were inspiring. Erwin Chemerinsky’s encyclopedic narration of Supreme Court caselaw during his Supreme Court Review was remarkable.
Thank you to the Appellate Practice Section and the Jill Ellis Scholarship nomination committee for this awesome opportunity. I recommend that anyone involved in appellate practice attend the Summit next year in Austin, Texas.
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