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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 http://graceseminar2013.eventbrite.com.

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 https://economicseminar2013.eventbrite.com 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 https://immigrantseminar2013.eventbrite.com/ 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 https://victimseminar2013.eventbrite.com 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. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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