The ACLU of Louisiana announces that four new members will join its Board of Directors for two-year terms beginning January 1, 2010. In addition, eight members have been re-elected for an additional two-year term.
Joining the board for the first time are new members Lauren Bartlett, an attorney with Southeast Legal Services in New Orleans; Derwyn Bunton, Chief Public Defender for Orleans Parish; Laila Hlass, staff attorney at the Immigration Law Clinic of Loyola Law School in New Orleans; and Hector Linares, with the juvenile defense clinic at LSU Law Center.
Re-elected members are David Benoit, of Breaux Bridge, Galen Brown, of New Orleans, Emma (Bessie) Daschbach, of New Orleans; Forrest Forsythe, of New Orleans, Charles Kincade, of Monroe, Al Shapiro, of Baton Rouge, Sharonda Williams, of New Orleans, and Ron Wilson, of New Orleans.
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Louisiana works to stop racial profiling, end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, stand up for freedom of speech and religion, and demand humane living conditions in prisons.