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The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, along with other legal and community organizations, will co-host two pro bono program trainings in the coming weeks. These trainings, which include continuing legal education credit, can be taken at no cost with a commitment to take on pro bono cases.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE Training

The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, the Marion County Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) will co-sponsor a training session for the NCLC’s Project GRACE on Friday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church (609 E. 29th St.). Project GRACE works with individuals with criminal histories, with the main focus on assisting those who have recently been released or are soon to be released.

The training program will allow attendees to learn the basics of criminal law and procedure and how to work with clients on probation or parole. The new and highly confusing expungement statute will be discussed. Presenters will explain the challenges faced when ex-offenders try to gain employment and why staying gainfully employed is so important to these individuals. Other issues, such as driver’s licenses and housing, will be reviewed. An hour will be devoted to ethical issues and obligations of the Rules of Professional Responsibility as they relate to representing low-income clients.

The training will include 6.0 CLE credits. Attorneys who volunteer to take two Project GRACE cases can attend this seminar at no cost. Otherwise, the cost is $160 for attendees or $75 for non-profit organizations. To register for the training, visit http://graceseminar2013.eventbrite.com/.

Training Available for Guardian Ad Litems in Juvenile Delinquent Cases

Make a positive impact on a minor and you could prevent them from entering the criminal justice system as an adult! The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Youth Law Team will co-sponsor a Guardian Ad Litem Training for Juvenile Delinquent Cases on Friday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center.

This program is designed to train lawyers who are interested in serving as a Guardian Ad Litem in Juvenile Delinquent cases, but who may be unfamiliar with the procedures and expectations. Training includes role description and responsibilities, delinquency law and procedure as well as recognition of child abuse and child development as required by the 2012 statute. A question and answer session with the Juvenile Court judges will be held over lunch. 6.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics, are available from the training at no cost for those who agree to accept two pro bono Guardian Ad Litem cases after the training.

Registration and additional information is available online at indybar.org.•

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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