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Exploring Juneteenth: Historical Foundations & Legal Milestones in Indiana - 1 CLE - June 18


Join us for an insightful one-hour CLE program as we delve into the historical and legal significance of Juneteenth in the context of Indiana's heritage.  This program will provide a comprehensive overview of pivotal moments and legal frameworks that shaped the African American experience in Indiana, focusing on key events, cases, and constitutional provisions.

The presentation is led by Attorney Dakota Slaughter, from Bose McKinney & Evans.  It begins with an exploration of the Northwest Ordinance and the 1816 Indiana Constitution, shedding light on their impact on the establishment of fundamental rights and principles, and their implications for the African American community within the state.

Dakota will delve into landmark legal cases such as the Polly Strong Case and the Mary Clark Case, which challenged the institutions of slavery and indentured servitude in Indiana, respectively.   Through these cases, he will analyze the legal struggles and triumphs that contributed to shaping Indiana's legal landscape and advancing civil rights.

Furthermore, Dakota’s presentation will examine the historical presence of Black Americans within Indiana, exploring their contributions, challenges, and resilience in the face of adversity.  This will feature some Indiana Supreme Court cases, and ultimately a new state constitution.

Finally, Dakota’s presentation will culminate in an examination of Article 1 Section 37 of Indiana's present constitution, addressing its relevance to contemporary discussions on equality, justice, and the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Discover how Indiana’s legal milestones connect to the broader national narrative of emancipation and the enduring significance of Juneteenth. Register now to secure your spot in this enlightening CLE program.



Dakota C. Slaughter

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Indianapolis

Dakota Slaughter is an associate in the Bose McKinney & Evans Litigation Group.

Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans full time, Dakota worked as a summer associate at the firm in 2021. During law school, Dakota served as president of the Student Bar Association, publication chair of Volume 46 of the Law & Psychology Review, an advocate on the Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court national championship team, and a law school ambassador. He was a member of the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, Moot Court Board and the Black Law Students Association.

Prior to law school, Dakota taught at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, where he also was an assistant coach in boys’ basketball and football. He played professional basketball in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2016 and college basketball at the University of Alabama and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

A native of Fishers, Dakota enjoys sporting events, exercise, new restaurants and music


Exploring Juneteenth: Historical Foundations & Legal Milestones in Indiana

1 CLE - Tuesday, June 18; 12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.

LIVE IN-PERSON SEMINAR - ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis

LIVE WEBCAST - From your home or office

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN • Premier Indiana CLE



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