Dinner to celebrate attorney's 60-year career

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The James C. Kimbrough Bar Association will host a retirement dinner to celebrate the 60-year career of Hilbert L. Bradley, a Gary attorney.

Bradley, the first African-American graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law in 1950, was the first African-American corporation counsel for Gary under then-Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. Bradley founded the Fair Share Organization in the 1960s to advocate for equal employment opportunities for African-Americans in Gary. He also founded the Indiana Coalition for Black Judicial Officers in the 1980s because of the lack of African-Americans on the bench in Indiana.

The dinner is at 6 p.m. Dec 3. at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Tickets are $50 a person and attendees must RSVP to (219) 884-0696 by Nov. 25. Tickets may be purchased at McCain Law Offices, 5655 Broadway in Merrillville.

For more information, contact Trent A. McCain, president of the Kimbrough Bar Association, at (219) 884-0696 or

Look for more about Bradley's life and legal career in an upcoming issue of Indiana Lawyer.


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