Legal organizations/services

Faith in practice

October 23, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Red Mass reinforces the value of respect, civility and community in the legal profession.
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Dickson: Trial courts face 'crisis' of unrepresented litigants

October 23, 2013
Dave Stafford
About three in five litigants appearing in Indiana’s civil trial courts are doing it themselves, according to data compiled from statewide case filings this summer.
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Legal aid agency now has room to grow

October 14, 2013
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society has completed its move into larger office space which will help the organization service its growing roster of clients.
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Legal aid group, IndyBar, church to join for refugee Green Card effort

October 8, 2013
IL Staff
About 70 refugees from at least seven nations are expected to receive free legal help this weekend thanks to efforts of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, the Indianapolis Bar Association, Grace Community Church and other volunteers.
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416 pass July bar exam

September 24, 2013
Dave Stafford

July 2013 bar exam results were published today, and 416 of 557 people sitting for the test passed, according to statistics posted by the Indiana Board of Law Examiners.

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Guantanamo court reporters to address convention

September 20, 2013
IL Staff
Court reporters part of the “StenOps” team reporting the military tribunal hearings of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be among the featured speakers at the annual convention of the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association Sept. 27-29.
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St. Thomas More Society plans Red Mass, honors for Zore

September 20, 2013
IL Staff
The St. Thomas More Society of Indianapolis will honor Marion Superior Probate Court Judge Gerald Zore with its Man for All Seasons award following its annual Red Mass on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
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Second expungement forum to include private consultations with attorneys

September 5, 2013
IL Staff
A second public forum on Indiana’s new expungement law will include a panel discussion as well as free consultations with attorneys.
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ACLU suit targets Evansville schools’ service-dog restrictions

August 30, 2013
IL Staff
Evansville public schools’ restrictive policy on service dogs is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ACLU of Indiana contends in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of two high-schoolers whose medical conditions require the animals.
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Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County awarded grant to expand project

August 28, 2013
IL Staff
The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County has been awarded a two-year grant to support its work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
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Paralegals take another stab at proposed rule on voluntary certification

July 31, 2013
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior Judge David Shaheed paid tribute to the professionals of the Indiana Paralegal Association at the group’s annual meeting July 17.
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ACLU of Indiana to look at civic literacy at August event

July 19, 2013
IL Staff
The August edition of the ACLU’s First Wednesdays program will ask if democracy can survive given the current state of civic literacy in the United States.
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Protective order project moves to Center for Victim and Human Rights

July 17, 2013
IL Staff
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Center for Victim and Human Rights announced Tuesday that the ICADV’s Protective Order Pro Bono Project is being taken over by the CVHR.
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Groups partner to offer legal services to homeless veterans

July 17, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana Inc. and Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic recently signed an agreement for a clinic attorney to work with veterans.
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Will Indiana attorneys be required to report pro bono hours?

July 17, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
A task force has made three recommendations to the Indiana Supreme Court on how to encourage lawyers to perform more services for indigent Hoosiers.
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Legal services provider partners with nonprofit to help homeless veterans

July 12, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
A partnership between two Indianapolis nonprofits will provide for the first time ongoing legal services to homeless veterans working to become self-sufficient.
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ACLU of Indiana celebrates 60 years of guarding founding principles

July 3, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
The organization was embroiled in controversy at its founding and continues to draw a leery, sometimes angry, response from the public. However, the group maintains that it fights solely for the rights provided in the U.S. and Indiana constitutions.
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Pro bono efforts reflect culture of southwestern Indiana attorneys

June 5, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
A reflection of the southwestern Indiana legal community’s commitment comes during Evansville’s Law Day celebration. The day begins with the local attorneys reciting the Indiana Oath of Attorneys. The last clause of that oath speaks to not forsaking the poor and to the attorneys’ obligation to not turn away people from justice.
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Evansville attorney recognized for service

June 5, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Scott Wylie was turned down for the first job he applied for in legal services. Now, he's being honored as pro bono professional of the year.
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Follow-up support needed for mediation success

April 24, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic launches new three-phase program that also incorporates education.
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ACLU of Indiana planning 60th anniversary celebration

April 9, 2013
IL Staff
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will be marking a major milestone by meeting at a historic site.
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2012 Year in Review

January 2, 2013
IL Staff
2012 was another busy year for the legal community. We welcomed new justices and a new chief justice, witnessed the beginnings of the state’s fifth law school, and saw local stories garner national and international attention. Here’s a look back at the top news stories from last year.
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Bar Crawl -11/23/12

November 21, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Pro bono programs in Southwest Indiana have gotten a big financial boost from Evansville bar members within the past month.
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Initiative to provide legal assistance for homeless veterans looking for additional help

November 20, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Continuing its effort to secure on-going legal services for homeless veterans in Indianapolis, the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana is seeking the assistance of a consultant.
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Too few pro bono attorneys in Indiana rural communities

November 7, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
In response to the low numbers, the Indiana Bar Foundation is launching a legal assistance website to help low-income Hoosiers.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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