Make a gift to the ACLU in memory of Irving L. Fink

Irving L. Fink, a prominent civil rights attorney and founder of the ACLU of Indiana, passed away peacefully at his Indianapolis home on April 5, 2015. He was surrounded by his wife of 69 years, as well as several children and grandchildren.

A stalwart defender of underdogs, Mr. Fink often worked on cases involving civil liberties issues. He represented a Jehovah’s Witness who was fired as a school principle when he would not pledge allegiance to the flag. During the Viet Nam war, he often took cases of soldiers and draftees who resisted service in the military. And when African American students from Crispus Attucks High School were refused service at an Indianapolis restaurant, Irving represented them in court.

In addition to helping found the ACLU of Indiana (formerly the Indiana Civil Liberties Union), Irving also was a founder of the Indiana Legal Services Organizations. He also played a leadership role in the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indianapolis Children’s Bureau, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Indianapolis Polio Foundation, the Indianapolis Lawyers’ Commission, and the local chapter of the American Jewish Congress.

Funeral services will be held at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 North Meridian Street, on Tuesday, April 7th at 11 a.m. The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to the ACLU of Indiana.

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