Legal organizations/services

Clinic director moves to AG's office

March 26, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
After founding Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and serving as its executive director since January 1994, Abigail Kuzma is leaving the organization to work in the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General's Office.
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ILS budget likely to increase

March 12, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
Thanks to a $40 million increase in funding for Legal Services Corporations signed by President Barack Obama Wednesday, an official at Indiana Legal Services Inc. estimates that the only Indiana-based organization that receives funding from LSC will receive up to an additional $300,000 to $350,000 in funds for the organization's 2009 fiscal year, which runs Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
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Presentation focuses on child support issues

March 9, 2009
IL Staff
Attorneys from the Lafayette area, including a representative from the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office, will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions on child support and related issues during the Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County's "Legal Aid 101" presentation Wednesday.
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Foreclosure programs aimed at judges, lawyers

February 26, 2009
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court announced today it's partnering with Indiana Legal Services Inc. and the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio to sponsor training for attorneys, judges, and mediators about how to help families facing foreclosure.
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Bill: Legal aid services can assess indigency

February 13, 2009
Michael Hoskins
Indiana lawmakers want the state's legal aid and pro bono programs to have one less hurdle to navigate through when representing indigent clients, agreeing that there's no need to always tie up court time in establishing indigency.
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Dinner to support IU Law - Indy LRAP

February 12, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
To help students and alumni who want to practice public interest law, even with law school loan debt, a group of Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis students will host a fundraiser March 7 for the school's loan repayment assistance program endowment.
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Auction to benefit domestic-violence victims

February 5, 2009
Jennifer Mehalik
The Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis' Women's Caucus is hosting its annual auction Feb. 12 to raise funds for the Protective Order Pro Bono Project. Proceeds from the auction will go to the project, which provides free legal advice for low-income victims of domestic abuse.
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First Wednesday to discuss crime

February 2, 2009
IL Staff
The ACLU of Indiana kicks off its spring season of First Wednesdays Feb. 4 with the topic, "Crime in the Streets: What can police really do?"
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Immigration, foreclosure training in December

November 20, 2008
IL Staff
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Heartland Pro Bono Council, and the Indianapolis Bar Association have partnered to provide volunteer training for attorneys who would like to help those in the community with bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure or immigration issues.
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ICADV honors prosecutor, magistrate judge

November 11, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence recently honored nine individuals, including an Elkhart County prosecutor and a Lake Circuit magistrate judge, for the positive impact they have on the lives of domestic violence victims.
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Legal aid presentation on housing rights

November 5, 2008
IL Staff
The Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County will hold an educational presentation on housing rights at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Lafayette.
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Indiana's legal aid in economic trouble?Restricted Content

October 29, 2008
Rebecca Berfanger
With a legal aid agency closing in Fort Wayne, what's ahead for other legal aid providers in Indiana?
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ND athletics director speaker at legal clinic event

October 23, 2008
IL Staff
The University of Notre Dame athletics director will be the keynote speaker at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic's annual Justice for All Celebration.
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Legal services program shutting its doors

October 13, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
A long-standing legal services organization in northeastern Indiana is closing its doors because of a lack of funding.
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Going green topic of First Wednesday

September 29, 2008
IL Staff
The ACLU of Indiana's First Wednesday topic for Oct. 1 is "Going Green: Is Indianapolis doing enough?" Panelists for the event are Terry Black, owner of Greenway Supply; Linda Broadfoot, vice president of development and public relations for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful; and Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Matthew Tully, political columnist at the Indianapolis Star, will serve as the moderator.
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Sept. 11 fund master to speak at Shepard dinner

September 25, 2008
IL Staff
The attorney appointed as special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 will be the keynote speaker at this year's Randall T. Shepard Award Dinner.
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COA upholds Plainfield parks ban

September 24, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Constitution doesn't ensure a person's right to enter a public park, and that means a local law restricting sex offenders from visiting those areas isn't unconstitutional, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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ICADV's annual conference, auction Oct. 21-22

September 22, 2008
IL Staff
Two nationally known activists will speak at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence's 26th annual fall conference Oct. 21-22 in Indianapolis.
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Walk to raise awareness for non-profit's mission

August 28, 2008
IL Staff
The CEO of an organization that assists victims of sexual assault will embark on a 10-day walk next week across Indiana to raise awareness and funds for the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the anti-sexual violence movement.
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Hammond legal aid clinic relocates

January 1, 2008
Rebecca Berfanger
The legal aid clinic for the city of Hammond has moved just one mile away from its old home into a new space donated by law firm Rubino Ruman Crosmer Smith Sersic & Polen in Dyer.The clinic moved between Christmas and New Year's.Lawyers who do work for the city or are on contract with the city are required to give hours to the clinic. The firm had lawyers who could be called on to help, which is how the idea came...
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Mass. chief justice to speak at law school

January 1, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court Lecture, "Anatomy of Freedom: John Adams on a Global Scale," will feature as speaker the first female chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. March 25 at the Wynne Courtroom at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. Margaret H. Marshall was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in 1999. Originally from South Africa, she came to the U.S. to pursue her master's degree at Harvard...
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Law firm gives first pro bono award

January 1, 2008
IL Staff
A recent graduate of Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington has been given the first Terry and Judy Albright Pro Bono and Public Interest Award. The law firm Baker & Daniels has sponsored the award in honor of the couple. Alex Kornya received the award for the significant work he's done in pro bono and public interest areas. Kornya served as a student advisor and co-director of the Protective Order Project and worked with other anti-domestic violence organizations. He also...
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Federal magistrate faces Senate committee

January 1, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A federal magistrate nominated to become a Southern District of Indiana judge went before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon.Magistrate William Lawrence from Indianapolis faced committee members in Washington, D.C., to discuss why he should be promoted within the federal court's ranks. President George W. Bush selected him in February to succeed Judge John D. Tinder, whom the Senate confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last year. Magistrate Lawrence was appointed in November 2002 but had worked at...
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Legal services keeps funding in Hammond

January 1, 2007
Elizabeth Brockett
The city of Hammond will continue to give $20,000 to the local office of Indiana Legal Services Inc. after city officials initially recommended the council cut the funding entirely.The city council voted 5-4 Monday to distribute funds from a federal Community Development Block Grant. The ILS office has received $20,000 for several years from the disbursement; however, the city received less CDBG money than in previous years and reduced funding for several agencies.Richard P. Komyatte, an attorney who practices in Highland...
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COA finds attorney in contempt

January 1, 2007
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals issued an order Friday holding an attorney in contempt. The order came about because of questionable conduct by the court-appointed attorney. At a hearing Nov. 14, the attorney, Allen C. Mattson, admitted the allegations against him were true.Mattson was appointed to represent Michael A. Quillen in Blackford Circuit Court. Mattson was also appointed as appellate counsel for Quillen. From March 14 through July 30, 2007, Mattson filed two motions for extensions, a plea for extension of time...
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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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