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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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