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Jon Paul Dilts, Esq.Jon Paul Dilts, Esq.

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Jon Paul Dilts is a registered civil mediator and attorney licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Indiana Supreme Court. He is an emeritus member of the faculty of the Indiana University School of Journalism, an affiliate member of the Center for Law, Society and Culture at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and a member of the Indiana and Monroe County bar associations.
Dilts, as a professor and associate dean at the Indiana University School of Journalism, taught undergraduate courses in communications law, public affairs reporting, and newspaper and magazine editing as well as graduate courses in Reporting the Law, The Press and the Constitution, and International Media Law. He is the author, with Ralph Holsinger, of Media Law, published by McGraw-Hill, and is the author of The Magnificent 92 Indiana Courthouses, featuring the photography of Will Counts and published by Indiana University Press.
He served with the U.S. Army overseas from 1968 to 1971, after which he worked on the staff of The Peru (Ind.) Daily Tribune as a reporter, wire editor and city editor. While in law school, he worked as a reporter for the daily Vidette-Messenger (now The Times) in Valparaiso, Indiana; as Interim Editor of Star-Register Newspapers in Crown Point, Indiana; as an editor for the ABA's Student Lawyer, a magazine for law students; as a part-time lecturer in journalism at Valparaiso University; and as an editor on the Valparaiso University Law Review.In 1981 he joined the Court of Appeals of Indiana as a judicial law clerk and in 1982 joined the faculty at Indiana University.