The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina has a new leader.
Durham attorney Carlos Mahoney was elected as president of the legal advocacy group's state board, according to a media release issued Tuesday. He replaces Mark Kleinschmidt, whose term as president ended in June, Michael Biesecker reports.
Mahoney, a partner at the Durham law firm Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney, has been a member of the ACLU board since 2005
A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's School of Law, Mahoney has served as vice president of the ACLU-NC Legal Foundation for the past two years and has been recognized by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for his service as chairman of the Civil Rights Section and Hispanic/Latino Legal Issues Division.
Kleinschmidt, the outgoing president, praised Mahoney's selection in a written statement.
"The civil rights community can rest assured that the ACLU-NC has a very bright future with Carlos at the helm,” he said, according to the release.
Mahoney recently helped win freedom for Erick Daniels, a Durham teen who wrongly served seven years in prison on a robbery conviction that a judge found was based on flawed and poor evidence.