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One of the most important responsibilities legal professionals have is to use their specialized skills to aid the community through volunteer efforts. One volunteer opportunity that rightfully brings out civic pride is the work of legal professionals on the Marion County Election Board Inspector Hotline. This program has been run by Marion County Clerk Beth White since 2007 and it provides a non-partisan opportunity for attorneys to use their skills as legal problem solvers in aid of the electoral process.

The inspector hotline is used by election workers and voters to ask election law related questions and to report Election Day problems and issues. Hotline operators are given specialized training on relevant election laws and procedures prior to Election Day. Working on the inspector hotline also qualifies under traditional national standards for pro bono credit.

Hotline operators do not have to state a political party preference or be Marion County residents to volunteer. Volunteers will work with experienced hotline supervisors at the Election Board’s City-County Building offices on Election Day (May 8, 2012). To volunteer, interested attorneys should contact IndyBar Government Practice Section Chair Andy Mallon, who is legal counsel to the Marion County Election Board at amallon@dsvlaw.com or (317) 580-4848.•

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  1. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

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  3. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  4. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  5. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

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