State’s highest court traveling to Purdue University for oral argument

The Indiana Supreme Court will travel to Tippecanoe County to hear oral argument in an adoption-related case. The oral argument in the case of Kramer v. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort-Wayne-South Bend, Inc. (71A03-1308-CT-301) will be held at Purdue University on Monday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Typically, the Court holds about 80 oral arguments at the State House in Indianapolis each year. Occasionally, it schedules arguments outside the capital to allow the press and public in other areas of the state an opportunity to attend an argument. The argument will take place at Stewart Center, Loeb Playhouse, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. The 40-minute argument is open to the press and public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

In this case, a child’s pre-adoptive placement (with the Kramers) failed when the child’s biological father came forward. The father established his paternity and successfully contested the adoption. The Kramers then sued the adoption agency (Catholic Charities) alleging negligence for failing to discover the father’s registration with Indiana’s Putative Father Registry. More information on the case is available at

Additional information
•  Doors will open at 9:45 a.m.
•  All attendees will be required to walk through a metal detector
•  No bags, backpacks or purses will be allowed in Loeb Playhouse. Bag check will be set up outside of Loeb Playhouse
•  Oral arguments will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. At that time doors will be closed and no one else can enter.