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COA Judge Riley to chair access to civil legal services panel

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Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Riley has been appointed to chair the Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services created last year by order of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Riley was among 15 members appointed to the panel in an order signed Jan. 16 by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. The commission is charged with fostering the delivery of civil legal services to Hoosiers with limited financial resources and developing a five-year plan to improve those services.

Other members appointed to the commission are:

Madison Circuit Judge Thomas Clem, Anderson; Clark Circuit Judge Daniel Moore, New Albany; Indiana Bar Foundation Director Charles Dunlap, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Fran Quigley, Indianapolis; Faegre Baker Daniels partner Carl Pebworth, Indianapolis; Deborah Farmer Smith of Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP, Carmel; Sister Peg Spindler, Sojourner Truth House, Gary; Eric Gardner, Wheeler Mission, Indianapolis; Philip Whistler, Ice Miller LLP senior partner, Indianapolis; Tax Court Judge and Indiana Pro Bono Commission chairwoman Martha Blood Wentworth, Indianapolis; Indiana Legal Services Director Norman Metzger, Indianapolis; Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Director John Floreancig, Indianapolis; Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Director Joshua Abel, Indianapolis; and Judith Stanton, director of  NWI Volunteer Lawyers, Inc., Hobart.

The commission’s meetings will be public and at least quarterly, according to the court order last September that established the panel.
 

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