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ACLU of Indiana appoints executive director

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has selected its new executive director and board members.

The ACLU of Indiana announced Thursday that its board of directors voted Dec. 10 to make Gilbert Homes the executive director. Holmes served as interim executive director for a year after the departure of Claudia Poretti.

Before serving as interim executive director, Holmes held senior executive positions at IndyGo, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Clarian Health. He received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and served for 20 years in the U.S. Army before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

The organization also recently conducted a statewide election for members to its board. Newly elected to the board are: Paul Newman, attorney, Bloomington; Elizabeth Friedland, community volunteer and activist, Indianapolis; and Tomerial Brooks, clinical social worker, Anderson.

Members re-elected to the board are Roberta Schonemann, vice-president of communications for the ACLU of Indiana and co-president of the Greater Lafayette Chapter, West Lafayette; Daryl M. Campbell, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis; Michael Lee Gradison, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Indianapolis; Robert Hohl, St. Mary's College librarian, South Bend; Richard Busse, attorney, Valparaiso; Norman Pearlman, retired Purdue University professor, West Lafayette; and Fran Quigley, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and visiting professor at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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