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IndyBar - Help Others and Get Free CLE: IndyBar to Co-Host Pro Bono Trainings

October 9, 2013

The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, along with other legal and community organizations, will co-host two pro bono program trainings in the coming weeks. These trainings, which include continuing legal education credit, can be taken at no cost with a commitment to take on pro bono cases.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE Training

The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, the Marion County Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) will co-sponsor a training session for the NCLC’s Project GRACE on Friday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church (609 E. 29th St.). Project GRACE works with individuals with criminal histories, with the main focus on assisting those who have recently been released or are soon to be released.

The training program will allow attendees to learn the basics of criminal law and procedure and how to work with clients on probation or parole. The new and highly confusing expungement statute will be discussed. Presenters will explain the challenges faced when ex-offenders try to gain employment and why staying gainfully employed is so important to these individuals. Other issues, such as driver’s licenses and housing, will be reviewed. An hour will be devoted to ethical issues and obligations of the Rules of Professional Responsibility as they relate to representing low-income clients.

The training will include 6.0 CLE credits. Attorneys who volunteer to take two Project GRACE cases can attend this seminar at no cost. Otherwise, the cost is $160 for attendees or $75 for non-profit organizations. To register for the training, visit http://graceseminar2013.eventbrite.com/.

Training Available for Guardian Ad Litems in Juvenile Delinquent Cases

Make a positive impact on a minor and you could prevent them from entering the criminal justice system as an adult! The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Youth Law Team will co-sponsor a Guardian Ad Litem Training for Juvenile Delinquent Cases on Friday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center.

This program is designed to train lawyers who are interested in serving as a Guardian Ad Litem in Juvenile Delinquent cases, but who may be unfamiliar with the procedures and expectations. Training includes role description and responsibilities, delinquency law and procedure as well as recognition of child abuse and child development as required by the 2012 statute. A question and answer session with the Juvenile Court judges will be held over lunch. 6.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics, are available from the training at no cost for those who agree to accept two pro bono Guardian Ad Litem cases after the training.

Registration and additional information is available online at indybar.org.•

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