The civil liberties good guys scored a rare win in the government appointments game last week. The five-member Hawaii State Ethics Commission has selected Daniel M. Gluck, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Hawaii office, to be its new executive director, the commission announced on July 1.
“I will work to ensure our state’s lawmakers, employees, and lobbyists adhere to the highest ethical standards,” Gluck said in the Ethics Commission’s July 1 news release. “Furthermore, I am accustomed to working with different sets of stakeholders and will continue to conduct my work professionally and respectfully towards all parties involved.”
Gluck is taking over for Les Kondo, who was appointed state Auditor back in April. The commission’s decision to choose Gluck was also unanimous, according to the news release.
He’s worked for the ACLU’s Hawaii office since 2007. While there, he “investigated and litigated many civil rights cases, specializing in constitutional law and federal/state anti-discrimination statutes,” according to the Ethics Commission news release. If that seems a bit bland, here’s a bit more of Gluck’s resume from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where he’s an adjunct professor who teaches civil rights seminars:
“Since joining the ACLU in 2007, Gluck has litigated cases involving the rights of homeless students; gender discrimination in public schools (Title IX); privacy rights of teachers in Hawaii’s public schools; discrimination against gay and lesbian couples; the application of the Fourth and Fifth Amendment in immigration court; and various prisoners’ rights issues,” states the law school’s official biography of Gluck. “He has also worked on a variety of First Amendment issues involving the right to protest, the right to videotape law enforcement, and protection of journalists under Hawaii’s ‘media shield’ law.”
In other words, Gluck is exactly the kind of guy we want making sure Hawaii lawmakers are above board. We do have one small request though: sometime soon, maybe actually explain the Ethics Commission’s duties on its web page that’s labeled “Duties.” Right now, that page is blank, which is a bit disconcerting, especially given the gravity of the commission’s responsibilities.