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For Immediate Release: Feb 14, 2005
Former Colorado Supreme Court justice named executive director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission

INDIANAPOLIS (February 14, 2005) ? A former justice of the Colorado Supreme Court with experience advising minority organizations was named by Governor Mitch Daniels today as the new director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Gregory Kellam Scott, who served as a member of the court from 1993 to 2000, will be the commission?s executive director.

Scott earned his law degree with honors at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He and his wife, Carolyn Weatherly, recently returned to Anderson following two years of service as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for GenCorp, Inc., in Sacramento, California.

?It is fortunate for us that Justice Scott?s strong family ties brought him back to Indiana. His commitment to join our team and serve our diverse population is a true find,? said the governor. ?I?ll work closely with the new executive director to strengthen our outreach on civil rights issues and increase opportunities for all of our citizens.?

Scott was the first African American to sit on the Colorado Supreme Court. During his tenure, he authored more than 100 majority opinions and coordinated the activities of the legal education and admissions committee, which had responsibility for the Colorado Bar Exam and the admission of new attorneys. Before serving on Colorado?s highest court, he was a professor of law and chair of the business planning program at the University of Denver. He also was a visiting professor of law at IUPUI in 1984 and again in 1987. At the University of Denver, Scott taught a senior seminar on representing minority and women owned business firms in addition to other courses in securities regulation and compliance.

While at the University of Denver, he volunteered as a special assistant for then chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Dr. Arthur Fletcher. At that time, he was an adviser to African American, Asian and Hispanic law students.

?I have an interest in economic, social and educational matters. I?ve counseled racial and ethnic organizations, and those experiences will aid me in the work that Governor Daniels and the Commission will call on me to perform,? said Scott. ?Two areas of professional interest to me are economic development, to increase employment for Hoosiers, and education, to benefit the Hoosier workforce.?

Beginning in 2000, Justice Scott was vice president and general counsel for Kaiser-Hill Company, directing the legal department regarding the accelerated closure of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility. Scott earned his undergraduate degree in environmental science and his master?s degree in education from Rutgers University. He has been inducted into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame and the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni and is a member of the national board of directors of the Constituency for Africa.