Brooks wasn't considering leaving her position as U.S. Attorney, but when the opportunity to join Ivy Tech came in the middle of the summer and she saw what the college was doing in the state, she decided to take the position.
"I thought it would be a really wonderful fit of my legal skills as well as my management skills and community building skills," Brooks said.
Brooks was appointed by President George W. Bush and was confirmed by the Senate in October 2001. Prior to becoming a U.S. Attorney, she worked at law firms McClure McClure & Kammen and Ice Miller, and was deputy mayor in 1998 and 1999 in then-Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith's administration. Brooks earned her law degree at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 1985.
Ivy Tech will announce more details about Brooks' role at the university Sept. 4. The college has 23 campuses around the state and serves more than 100,000 students a year. This story will be updated in the Sept. 5 issue of Indiana Lawyer.