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

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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.

Project GRACE Training: Nov. 8

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, Nov. 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 is on assisting those who have recently been released or are soon to be released.

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

Economic Justice CLE: Nov. 14

The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, in partnership with Barnes & Thornburg LLP and the Indianapolis Bar Association will presents an Economic Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 South Meridian Street. The program, which includes 6 CLE credits, is free to attorneys willing to take one pro bono case referral. Go to to register.

This training seminar will educate attorneys about the legal issues that the low income population faces on a regular basis, including federal tax issues, a crash course on Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, collection defensive and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Also covered will be mortgage foreclosure defense and housing counseling options. An hour will be devoted to the ethical obligations as they relate to representing low-income clients and the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

Training the Immigrant Volunteer: Dec. 5

The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in partnership with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, the Indianapolis Bar Association & the Immigrant Welcome Center presents “Training the Immigrant Volunteer,” an immigrant justice continuing legal education seminar on Thursday, Dec. 5th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program, which includes 6 CLE credits, is offered at no cost to attorneys willing to take a pro bono case referral. Go to to register.

This seminar will begin with an introduction of the basic vocabulary and ideas behind immigration law so the attendee will better understand the remainder of the CLE. Speakers will present on topics such as the Adjustment of Status Application, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Family Unification and an introduction to Consular Processing for Immigrant Visa Applicants. Cultural Sensitivity Training will be included as well as Ethics and Rule 3.3 and what is the duty to report if clients disclose information about immigration fraud.

Victim Justice CLE: Dec. 13

The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, in partnership with The Julian Center & the Indianapolis Bar Association will present a Victim Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Friday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Julian Center, 2011 N. Meridian St. This program, which includes 6 CLE credits, is offered at no cost to attorneys willing to take a pro bono case referral. Visit to register.

Attendees will learn about immigration remedies for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes, focusing on U-visas and VAWA self-petitions. Attendees will learn skills for working with victims of domestic violence to make sure they receive support and resources they need to recover. The critical importance of the use of expert witnesses in trials to explain the abused/survivor’s behavior will be taught, as will the rights that children have as victims. Immigrant victims often get into trouble by using a notario and the impact on these cases will be presented. Indiana Code 32-31-9, covering the rights of tenants who are victims of particular crimes will also be addressed.•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.