Indiana Supreme Court awards more than $232,000 in grants to counties

IL Staff
February 28, 2014
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The Indiana Supreme Court has awarded $232,470 in grant money to 23 counties to support local family court projects. Since the Family Court project began in 1999, the Supreme Court had distributed more than $3 million in “seed money” to support family court projects.

The grants will focus on creating innovative programs that improve the court process for families. Priority was given to applications that emphasized access to justice for families without attorneys, alternative dispute resolution/early case management, and implementation of other programs that support families throughout the court process.  

The grants range between $2,000 and $30,000 and were awarded to:

  •     Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., Lake County – $30,000
  •     Magistrate Jason Reyome, Marion County IV-D Court –  $25,000
  •     Judges Charles Pratt and Thomas Felts, Allen County – $23,270
  •     Judge Thomas Alevizos, LaPorte County – $20,000
  •     Judge Judith Stewart, Brown County – $15, 000 (shared with Jackson and Lawrence counties)
  •     Judge Bruce MacTavish, Jackson County ¬– $15,000 (shared with Brown and Lawrence counties)
  •     Judge Andrea McCord, Lawrence County – $15,000 (shared with Brown and Jackson counties)
  •     Judge Cynthia Ayers, Marion County – $15,000
  •     Judge Don Daniel, Tippecanoe County –  $12, 500
  •     Judge Mary Margaret Lloyd, Daviess/Floyd/Pike/Vanderburgh/Vigo County –  $12,000
  •     Judge Michael Reed, Kosciusko County –  $10,000
  •     Judge Frances Hill, Monroe County –  $10, 000
  •     Magistrate Ann Smith Mischler, Sullivan County –  $10,000                           
  •     Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen, Owen County – $8,000                                      
  •     Judge Lynne Ellis, Martin County –  $7,500                                          
  •     Judge David Bonfiglio, Elkhart County –  $7,200                                              
  •     Judge Jeffrey Meade, Gibson County –  $5,000                                                
  •     Judge Dena Martin, Greene County –  $5,000                                      
  •     Judge Paul Felix, Hamilton County  –  $5,000                                       
  •     Judge Gary Smith, Jennings County –  $5,000                                       
  •     Judge Michael Robbins, Lawrence County – $5,000                                        
  •     Judge Bruce Stengel, Vermillion County – $2,000      



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  1. I commend Joe for standing up to this tyrant attorney! You ask why? Well I’m one of David Steele victims. I was in desperate need of legal help to protect my child, David saw an opportunity, and he demanded I pay him $3000. Cash. As I received motions and orders from court he did nothing! After weeks of emails asking him to address the legal issues, he responded by saying he was “on vacation “and I should be so lucky to have “my attorney” reply. Finally after lie on top of lie I asked for a full refund, which he refused. He then sent me “bills” for things he never did, such as, his appearance in the case and later claimed he withdrew. He never filed one document / motion for my case! When I finally demanded he refund my money he then turn to threats which scared my family for our lives. It seem unreal we couldn’t believe this guy. I am now over $100,000 in debt digging out of the legal mess he caused my family. Later I was finally able to hire another law office. I met Joe and we worked diligently on my case. I soon learn Joe had a passion for helping people. As anyone who has been through a legal battle it is exhausting. Joe was always more than happy to help or address an issue. Joe was knowledgeable about all my concerns at the same time he was able to reduce the stress and anxieties of my case. He would stay late and come in early, he always went the extra mile to help in any way he could. I can only imagine what Joe and his family has been through, my prayers go out to him and all the victims.

  2. Steele did more than what is listed too. He purposely sought out to ruin me, calling potential employers and then lied about me alleging all kinds of things including kidnapping. None of his allegations were true. If you are in need of an ethical and very knowledgeable family law paralegal, perhaps someone could post their contact information. Ethics cannot be purchased, either your paralegal has them or they do not.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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