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In the mood for meaningful pro bono service without the long-term commitment? Check out two one-day-only pro bono opportunities coming up soon with the IndyBar!

Mediation Day: Sept. 26

The IndyBar ADR Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that it will host its fifth annual Mediation Day Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Barnes & Thornburg (11 South Meridian Street). Through Mediation Day, the section provides a service to the courts and community by volunteering time to mediate several screened cases for litigants who qualify for modest means mediation. Barnes & Thornburg has generously volunteered its downtown office to provide ample conference facilities for this joint endeavor.

To make this event a success, 10 volunteers who are registered domestic mediators and have experience mediating paternity cases are needed. Judge Sheryl Lynch in Paternity Court is screening non domestic violence cases and will have 10 cases for volunteers to mediate Sept. 26th. Each volunteer mediator would agree to mediate one case starting at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Volunteers can bring a laptop to assist with drafting agreements, and lunch will be provided. There will also be a judicial officer on site to approve the mediated agreements.

If you wish to volunteer, please email ADR Section Chair Phyllis Armstrong at parmstrong@mede8.com with a desired start time (8 a.m. or 1 p.m.).

Ask a Lawyer: Oct. 14

Ask a Lawyer, the IndyBar’s largest pro bono effort, is accomplished only through the assistance of scores of lawyers and paralegals who manage sites (paralegals ) and provide free face-to-face legal advice (attorneys) to members of the community at locations throughout the city.

Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at 13 library/community center locations in Indy Tuesday, Oct. 14. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.•

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