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IBA-Photo-15col The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Ask a Lawyer program, held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at libraries across Marion county, provided over 440 members of the public with free face-to-face legal advice from certified attorneys who generously volunteered their time.
IBA-Photo-5-15col A gentleman seeking legal advice checks in at the Ask a Lawyer registration desk at the Indianapolis Central Library Ask a Lawyer location.
IBA-Photo-8-15col Mary E. Myers, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP, reviews the registration list as Brian R. Weir-Harden, Barnes and Thornburg LLP, pictured middle, assists a member of the public with free legal advice.
IBA-Photo-1-15col Mindy L. Boehr, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, provides legal advice at the 2011 Ask a Lawyer program.
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