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Congressman Carson to Help Honor IU McKinney Alumni at Public Interest Recognition Dinner

04/04/2014

Congressman Andre CarsonCongressman André Carson, who represents Indiana’s 7th Congressional District, will be the keynote speaker at IU McKinney’s annual Public Interest Recognition Dinner on April 12. The event is presented by the law school and the student group Equal Justice Works.

This year, the event will honor the following alumni:

  • H. Kennard Bennett, ’82, Indianapolis, who focuses his practice on guardianships and consumer health issues, including the civil prosecution of nursing home abuse and neglect.
  • Monica Foster, ’83, Indianapolis, who now leads the Indiana Federal Community Defender’s Office. Prior to this role, she made a name for herself in private practice defending indigent clients who had been charged with the death penalty, both at trial and on appeal.
  • Hon. Brett J. Niemeier, ’85, Evansville, juvenile court judge. Judge Niemeier is known for his work on behalf of children. In addition, he created an emergency guardianship program for the elderly and those with disabilities, and a foundation for families who have emergency needs.

Congressman Carson was elected in 2008, after serving in the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council for the 15th district in 2007. He served in law enforcement for several years before embarking on his political career, working as an investigator for the Indiana State Excise Police, then the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Proceeds from the event support IU McKinney’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program Endowment, which helps graduates working in public interest law repay their student loans. The dinner begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium of Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. To learn more about the dinner or to purchase tickets, email ejwdinner.indy@gmail.com


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