Dan Byron Discusses Indiana Debate Commission Leadership with Current in Carmel
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner Daniel Byron recently discussed his leadership of the Indiana Debate Commission (IDC) in an exclusive interview with Current in Carmel. Byron, a Carmel, Indiana, resident currently serves as the president and chairman of the board of the Indiana Debate Commission; his interview focused on his work with members of the media to televise debates for major statewide races.
Byron told the publication that there will be at least two debates each for the U.S. Senate and Governor general election races, but he said he hopes for more than that.
“Last time we did three debates for the governor’s race, so we may have more,” Byron said. “We may have some primary debates, too, as far as the interest that may be involved.”
“We don’t want to have ‘gotcha’ moments or personal attacks on any of the candidates running,” Byron said. “We’re more issue oriented. We want people to tell us positions on issues.”
The publication highlighted that in 2008 Byron became the only non-broadcaster to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Broadcasters Association for meritorious contributions in the fields of broadcasting and free speech.
“This is my 53rd year in practicing law, and for most of that time, at least for the last 40 some years, my primary responsibilities have been with regard to media law,” he said. “As part of that, I’ve taken a shine to the First Amendment. I’ve gone overseas with the International Senior Lawyer Project for the same purpose, to open up other countries to greater tolerance regarding free speech issues and decriminalizing libel laws.”