Justice David to head panel at NWI pro bono event

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Indiana Justice Steven David, appellate Judge Melissa May and lawyers and judges from Pro Bono District A, will be among the presenters at a day-long CLE event July 27 at Valparaiso University Law School. “A Potpourri of Timely Topics” is co-sponsored by the law school and NWI Volunteer Lawyers Inc., the District A pro bono project.

Topics on the agenda include recent developments in Chapter 13 bankruptcy; advanced issues in workers’ compensation; recent developments in criminal law – especially OWI cases; navigating the new child support guidelines; self-represented litigants and family law; and veteran’s issues and assisting with Veterans Affairs appeals.

David will present “You, John Adams, and the Rule of Law. Don’t Give Up the Fight” at the plenary session scheduled for 10:20 a.m. May will speak on “What to do and not do as a Lawyer in and out of the Courtroom” at the working lunch. G. Michael Witte, executive secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, will offer “Witty Ways to Avoid Witte.” And Porter Superior Judge William Alexa will present “Don’t look now, but your client is setting up an appeal/PCR/Habeas for incompetent counsel.”

Other presenters scheduled include Chapter 13 Trustee Paul Chael; workers’ comp Judge A. James Sarkisian; family court Magistrates Nanette Raduenz and Mary DeBoer; Elizabeth Murphy, general counsel to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and attorneys Polli Pollum, Jeff Clymer and Paul Stanko.

Judy Stanton, executive director of NWI Volunteer Lawyers, is seeking law firms that are interested in underwriting the event, which is a fundraiser for the District A pro bono project. Donors will be acknowledged in the formal program for the event.

Registration is $200 and the event is approved for up to 6 hours CLE, 2.5 hours ethics and 2.5 hours of new lawyer CLE credit. To register, contact Judy Stanton at or 219-942-3404.•


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