Legal organizations/services

Protective order training, free CLE offered

May 5, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
Domestic violence advocates are already seeing an uptick in the number and severity of domestic violence incidents due to the recession.
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COA upholds attorney's felony conviction

April 27, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of an attorney's motion to have his prior drunk-driving conviction reduced to a misdemeanor because the attorney was arrested again for drunk driving before completing his probation.
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EBA recognizes attorneys for service

April 16, 2009
IL Staff
The Evansville Bar Association, along with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, presented awards for service and pro bono work to attorneys at a lunch Wednesday.
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Former municipal judge, legal aid counsel dies

April 8, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A former Marion Municipal Court judge and general counsel of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society died Monday at the age of 93.
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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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