Youth Summer Legal Institute set for IU McKinney

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Teenagers interested in legal careers will learn from judges, lawyers and other legal professionals at a program June 16-20 at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

The Summer Legal Institute presented by Just the Beginning Foundation aims to expand diversity in the profession and expects about 40 students ages 14-18 to attend this year’s event, said marketing and development director Mark Dinglasan.

The Chicago-based organization started in 1992 with a mission of creating a pipeline of students from low- to moderate-income communities and groups typically underrepresented in the profession, including women and minorities, Dinglasan said.

Applications for the free program will be accepted until available slots are filled. More information on the program, including application information, is available here.

Legal professionals interested in volunteering for the program may contact Dinglasan at or 312-258-4574. “Every step of the way we look for judges and attorneys who want to give back and uplift these young people,” he said.

Indianapolis is one of nine cities, mostly in the Midwest, where Just the Beginning operates. Dinglasan said the institute is its cornerstone program in the Circle City.

The organization partners with law firms, corporations and other groups to facilitate programs. Dinglasan said Indianapolis partners include corporations such as Eli Lilly, The Finish Line Inc., Cummins Inc. and UnitedHealth One. The program will conclude with a closing ceremony June 20 at Eli Lilly.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.