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Indiana Bar Foundation Civics Summit

The Indiana Bar Foundation invites you to attend the inaugural Indiana Civics Summit!  The one-day conference includes national, regional, state, and local leaders representing government, education, business, and the legal community.

Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants.

NEW!  Attendees will receive 1.0 CLE credit (NLS) for attendance at the Summit.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 31.

Date: Thursday, April 13

Time: Check-in and breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.  The first session begins at 8:30 am.  The summit will end by 4:30 pm.

Location: Ivy Tech Community College Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Cost: $50, includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and copy of Richard Haass’s book The Bill of Obligations: Ten Habits of Good Citizens

NEW! “Attendees will receive 1.0 CLE credit (NLS) for attendance at the Summit.”



Featured Speaker

Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Suzanne Crouch is a proud Hoosier and Evansville native.

She was elected Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor in 2016.  Prior to that, she was Indiana’s state auditor since 2014.  Lt. Gov. Crouch also served in the state House of Representatives for more than 8 years, representing parts of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties and the Vanderburgh County auditor and Vanderburgh County Commissioner.

Throughout her years of public service, Lt. Gov. Crouch has earned several awards and recognitions, including the Trine University Woman of Distinction, Indianapolis Business Journal Woman of Influence, and Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumna.  She also chairs the Roundtable on Mental Health, Intellectual and Development Disabilities Task Force, and the Indiana Civic Education Commission.  Lt. Gov. Crouch chaired the 2020 Indiana Civic Education Task Force, which is helping to usher in a rejuvenation of civic education for our state.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Author

Since 2003, Dr. Richard Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and foreign policy.

Prior to this, Dr. Haass served as director of public planning for the U.S. State Department under President George W. Bush, and worked as a special envoy for Northern Ireland in 2001-2003.  Additionally, he served as a special assistant to President George H.W. Bush as a senor director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council.  In 1991, Dr. Haas was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian award in the United States, for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Dr. Haass is the author or editor of 14 books, including The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, published in 2023.

Due to scheduling, Dr. Haass will be sharing his presentation virtually.

Summit session topics will focus on:

  • Making the Case for Civic Education in Indiana

    • Moderator: Charles Dunlap, Indiana Bar Foundation
    • Panelist: Rep Tony Cook, Indiana House of Representatives (Ret.)
    • Panelist: Dr. Chris McGrew, Indiana Council for the Social Studies
    • Panelist: Dr. David Roof, Ball State University
    • Panelist: Dr. Ellen Szarletta, Indiana University Northwest
  • National Civics Landscape & Indiana’s Role

    • Moderator: Shawn Healy, CiviXNow
    • Panelist: Dr. David Bobb, Bill of Rights Institute
    • Panelist: Dr. Emma Humphries, iCivics
    • Panelist Christopher Riano, Center for Civic Education
    • Panelist: Dr. Kerry Sautner, National Constitution Center
  • The Educator’s Perspective on Civics

    • Moderator: Tim Kalgreen, Indiana Bar Foundation
    • Panelist Tara Cocanower, Bluffton High School
    • Panelist: Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education
    • Panelist: Liz Paternoster, Fishers High School
    • Panelist: Dr. Phillip Vanfossen, Purdue University
  • The Business Case for Civics

    • Moderator: Sarah Bonk, Business for America
    • Panelist: Terren B. Magid, Cummins
    • Panelist: Katie Meares, Salesforce
    • Panelist: John Stewart, Elanco Animal Health
  • The Legal Community’s Role in Civics

    • Moderator: Caryn Glawe, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
    • Panelist: Amy Dudas, Indiana State Bar Association
    • Panelist: Shelley Jackson, Krieg DeVault
    • Panelist: Hon Randall Shepard, Indiana Supreme Court (Ret.)
    • Panelist: Hon. James Sweeney II, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Closing Session: Community Building Through Civics

Moderators: Charles Dunlap and Tim Kalgreen, Indiana Bar Foundation

Presenter Background Information

Please find additional information about the Civics Summit presenters here.

Thank you to our sponsors and funders of our inaugural Civics Summit

For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Foundation Director of Development Kim Berry.