Holcomb makes appointments to public defender, civic education commissions

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently appointed members of the Hoosier legal community to the state’s Public Defender Commission and a newly created Indiana Civic Education Commission.

In making appointments to various state boards and commissions, the governor last month appointed Indiana Bar Foundation President and CEO Charles Dunlap to the Indiana Civic Education Commission.

The commission, created by House Enrolled Act 1384, has been charged with reviewing the pedagogy and policy for civics education as well as making recommendations for the new civics curriculum.

HEA 1384 requires a semester-long course in civics be included in middle school curriculum. The commission is result of a push to advance civic education in the state in recent years.

Holcomb also named Indianapolis attorney Samantha DeWester to the Indiana Public Defender Commission. DeWester currently serves as counsel at Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC.

DeWester replaces Richard Bray, who recently notified the governor of his decision to step down from the post, according to the public defender commission. 

Her appointment on the commission will run until Oct. 31, 2025.

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