'Tis the season of giving and recognizing outstanding professionals for the impact they've made in our community. At its annual holiday party, the Criminal Justice Section recognized two influential professionals in criminal law: Jill Minton as the recipient of the Gil I. Berry Award and Chuck Eid as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gil I. Berry Award was designed to recognize "unsung heroes" in the criminal law profession, like its namesake, Gil Berry. The Lifetime Achievement Award was designed to recognize those who are retiring and made a huge impact on the profession.
Jill Minton is an investigator and paralegal at the Marion County Public Defender Agency (MCPDA). Her nominator says that whether you're in her court or not, she's always willing ot help in any way possible. Working at the MCPDA is definitely not easy, but she gives it her heart every day. "Any time that I ask her to see a client, I know that she will do it with compassion and understanding. She is trustworthy and creative. Our clients are lucky to have her talents and dedication. We are lucky to have her," her nominator also said. Congratulations, Jill!
Chuck Eid began working with Marion County in 1976 as a caseworker with the Sheriff's Department, implementing programming for inmates prior to the formation of any community agency in Indiana. In 1983, after the Community Corrections statute was passed by the Indiana state legislature, Chuck became an integral part of Marion County Community Corrections in it's infancy. He was initially a Counselor for the Jail Component and then received promotions to Counselor Supervisor, and finally to Coordinator. With a promotion to Deputy Director of Marion County Community Corrections, Chuck was in charge of the entire Jail Component operation, which supervised thousands of inmates during its existence. In 2008, Chuck became one of two original members of the Marion County Community Corrections Court Team, and he still serves in this capacity today. With over forty years of service to Marion County, and thirty-five specifically to Community Corrections, Chuck has been an invaluable employee who has helped pave the way for Community Corrections as it operates today. Congratulations on your retirement, Chuck!
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