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Governor appoints public access counselor

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Carmel attorney Andrew J. Kossack has been appointed state public access counselor, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Wednesday. Kossack replaces Heather Neal, who joined the Indiana Department of Education as deputy chief of staff.

Kossack said he's excited about his new job.

"Open access to government is essential in a society where government is 'of the people, and for the people,'" Kossack wrote in an e-mail to Indiana Lawyer today. "If the people aren't informed on the activities of their government, we'll fall far short of that ideal."

Kossack received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and was admitted to the bar in 2007. He previously worked as a labor and employment associate at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis and as an intern for then-U.S. Magistrate Judge William T. Lawrence.

Kossack said he'll put to use skills he learned as a labor and employment attorney to navigate gray areas of statutes and help clients sort through legal jargon. He's looking forward to the mediation component of the public access counselor's job because he knows how difficult litigation can be for those involved.

"If I can help mediate some of these issues before they end up in court, I think that's best for everyone and one of the main reasons this office was created," he said.

Kossack's first day is Sept. 7.

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  1. Please I need help with my class action lawsuits, im currently in pro-se and im having hard time findiNG A LAWYER TO ASSIST ME

  2. Access to the court (judiciary branch of government) is the REAL problem, NOT necessarily lack of access to an attorney. Unfortunately, I've lived in a legal and financial hell for the past six years due to a divorce (where I was, supposedly, represented by an attorney) in which I was defrauded of settlement and the other party (and helpers) enriched through the fraud. When I attempted to introduce evidence and testify (pro se) in a foreclosure/eviction, I was silenced (apparently on procedural grounds, as research I've done since indicates). I was thrown out of a residence which was to be sold, by a judge who refused to allow me to speak in (the supposedly "informal") small claims court where the eviction proceeding (by ex-brother-in-law) was held. Six years and I can't even get back on solid or stable ground ... having bank account seized twice, unlawfully ... and now, for the past year, being dragged into court - again, contrary to law and appellate decisions - by former attorney, who is trying to force payment from exempt funds. Friday will mark fifth appearance. Hopefully, I'll be allowed to speak. The situation I find myself in shouldn't even be possible, much less dragging out with no end in sight, for years. I've done nothing wrong, but am watching a lot of wrong being accomplished under court jurisdiction; only because I was married to someone who wanted and was granted a divorce (but was not willing to assume the responsibilities that come with granting the divorce). In fact, the recalcitrant party was enriched by well over $100k, although it was necessarily split with other actors. Pro bono help? It's a nice dream ... but that's all it is, for too many. Meanwhile, injustice marches on.

  3. Both sites mentioned in the article appear to be nonfunctional to date (March 28, 2017). http://indianalegalanswers.org/ returns a message stating the "server is taking too long to respond" and http://www.abafreelegalasnswers.org/ "can't find the server". Although this does not surprise me, it is disheartening to know that access to the judicial branch of government remains out of reach for too many citizens (for procedural rather than meritorious reasons) of Indiana. Any updates regarding this story?

  4. I've been denied I appeal court date took a year my court date was Nov 9,2016 and have not received a answer yet

  5. Warsaw indiana dcs lying on our case. We already proved that in our first and most recent court appearance i need people to contact me who have evidence of dcs malpractice please email or facebook nathaniel hollett thank you

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