IBA: Impact Fund Making Impact

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In 2011, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation awarded its first Impact Fund grant, in the amount of $35,000, to the Health and Human Rights Clinic (HHRC) at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The HHRC utilizes a medical-legal partnership to identify legal issues facing low-income clients who present seeking medical care. 26 attorneys attended the first full-day CLE and training hosted by the HHRC in February — an impressive turn­out for the initial training. Several volun­teers are already planning to participate in the next training later this year.

Dea Lott, the Clinical Adjunct Professor of Law & Director of Outreach for the HHRC, has been busy conducting ini­tial evaluations with prospective clients, performing conflict checks and assigning cases to volunteer attorneys. Several cases have already been assigned and many more assignments will be made.

“We are encouraged by this progress, and we are excited that your donations, through the Impact Fund, have made possible this training of volunteers who are now pro­viding pro bono legal services to clients in dire need of assistance, “ said Kelly Scanlan, Indianapolis Bar Foundation President and an attorney with Wilson Kehoe & Winingham. She added, “Later this year, we hope to share some specific examples of clients who were helped through your generosity.”

The Foundation is now in the process of reviewing applications for the 2012 Impact Fund Grant. 16 applica­tions were received. The Impact Fund Committee carefully reviewed and considered those applications, and has invited 5 of those applicants to present their grant proposals in person to the Committee and answer questions re­garding the proposals, which will take place on April 19, 2012.

A breakfast will be held on May 30, 2012, at which the 2012 Impact Fund grant recipient will be announced. A representative from the HHRC will also be invited to provide an update regarding use of the 2011 grant. Also at the May breakfast, those who ac­cept their nomination to become a mem­ber of the 2012 class of Distinguished Fellows will be honored.•


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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.