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IndyBar: IBF to Host Training with 2013 Impact Fund Recipient

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By Donald Morgan Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

IndyBar attorneys will have the opportunity for first-hand involvement with the 2013 recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund Recipient at an upcoming training program and CLE this August. The IndyBar and IBF are partnering with Indiana Legal Service’s Military Assistance Project (MAP) to offer a two-hour CLE and training program. “Military Cultural Competency and Basic Advice Introduction” will take place Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the IndyBar Education Center.

This program will focus on the areas of law that most often impact members of the military and veterans, such as Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits as well as family or criminal law issues that often complicate securing housing or employment. It will also include an introduction to a new Military Cultural Competency Manual for attorneys, and each attendee will receive a copy of the manual. Information about VA accreditation for attorneys interested in expanding their practices to represent clients before the VA will also be provided.

This CLE will be offered free of charge to any lawyer who agrees to take one pro bono case through MAP or volunteer at the VA during the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Oct. 14 Ask a Lawyer program. Presenters at the program will include Polli Pollem from MAP, Robin Kelly from Mitchell Law Group and Mark Sullivan from Mark K. Sullivan & Associates PC. Attendees will receive two hours of general CLE credit, including a half-hour ethics credit.

In the time since MAP received the Impact Fund grant in 2013, the program has been utilized to expand representation of veterans and members of the military through workshops. MAP has also used the grant to increase the number of homeless veterans they are able to take in at a local housing development, as well as to increase intake of veterans at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. It has allowed MAP to develop the Military Cultural Competency Manual, which better enables attorneys to represent military members and veterans.

Please keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities to engage in IndyBar’s continuing partnership with MAP and with the 2014 Impact Fund recipient, the Joseph Maley Foundation.•

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