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The ACLU of Indiana recognized supporters of civil liberties and raised awareness and funds for the organization during its annual dinner Nov. 13 in Indianapolis.

The evening included a tribute to Marion McKay Walley of Fort Wayne, who had donated to the organization through her estate. The ACLU of Indiana recognized her family members at the dinner; Walley was 93 when she died in March.

Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, received the Joan Laskowski Legislator of the Year Award for his lifelong support of civil liberties; Dr. Lucy Jane King of Indiana University Medical School received the Volunteer of the Year Award; and Dino Sierp, field organizer for Indiana Equality, received the Chris Gonzales Award for her role in advancing civil liberties for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents of Indiana.

The keynote speaker for the evening was journalist and author Juan Williams, who has been featured on National Public Radio and Fox.

"My thoughts, based on feedback I received, was that this was a very, very successful event in terms of attendance, participation, donations, and because there were lots of young people there," said Gilbert Holmes, the ACLU of Indiana's interim executive director. "We had many in college or in law school; that was wonderful. I think it serves notice that the ACLU of Indiana is enjoying a resurgence of interest and growth. I would call it a pivotal event."

Holmes said the organization is in the planning stages for a few spring events and encourages those who are interested to visit the Web site, www.aclu-in.org, for more information.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

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