Bar network lets lawyers lend a hand

August 6, 2012
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Several bars across the country have set up support networks for legal professionals who need assistance with big and small requests. The inspiration for the program came from a Louisiana model that took off after Hurricane Katrina.

The National Law Journal writes about SOLACE: Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel – All Concerns Encouraged, which was created in 2002 by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. Zainey reached out to an attorney friend whose wife, also an attorney, suffered a brain aneurysm. The wife survived and the friend suggested a network where the legal community could ask for help in times of need.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the program gained steam as lawyers around the state responded to requests for things like law library access and housing. The program has expanded and taken on new names in some states, like Ohio, but the idea is the same: attorneys can reach out to other lawyers for help when needed. Those requests may be something as simple as trying to donate legal books to needing help with a medical evacuation.

Zainey said requests are never supposed to be directly for money, but some in-kind requests such as frequent flier miles can be allowed.

Is there any type of program like this in Indiana for attorneys? If not, should Indiana look to the SOLACE model and implement a program?
 

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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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