- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont has picked a new executive director.

James Duff Lyall of Tucson, Arizona, will start the job on July 25.

He replaces Allen Gilbert who is stepping down this summer after 12 years as head of the organization.

Lyall, a New England native and graduate of Middlebury College, has been staff attorney with the ACLU of Arizona for five years.

He says his work with the ACLU in Arizona has covered a wide range of ACLU priorities - police accountability and racial justice, national security and privacy, immigrants’ rights, prisoners’ rights, and freedom of speech - which he said are critical issues in Vermont as well.

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