Legal organizations/services

ISBA seeks speakers for Lincoln outreach program

December 9, 2011
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is seeking speakers for its “Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer” outreach program.
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Environmental groups merge

December 5, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The Legal Environmental Aid Foundation and The Hoosier Environmental Council announced that the two not-for-profits have merged and will continue operations as the Hoosier Environmental Council.
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Starting over

November 23, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Project GRACE helps ex-offenders overcome barriers to employment.
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Congress proposes cutting legal aid funding

November 16, 2011
IL Staff
If an agreement between the members of Congress passes, Legal Services Corp. will see its budget reduced by 14 percent. The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee had previously proposed cutting it by 17 percent.
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ACLU raising funds to support outreach efforts

October 11, 2011
IL Staff
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has launched a three-year drive to raise funds for educating Indiana residents about human and constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms and to lead the fight against violations of those rights.
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Pro bono award winners announced

October 4, 2011
IL Staff
An attorney who made significant contributions in pro bono service will receive a posthumous honor on Oct. 21.
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Talk to a Lawyer training

September 28, 2011
IL Staff
On Oct. 10, Heartland Pro Bono Council will hold its annual Talk to a Lawyer Today training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Barnes & Thornburg, 11 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
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Federal judge: 1 bar exam application question goes too far

September 21, 2011
Michael Hoskins
A federal judge has found that one of the Indiana bar exam application questions violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because it infringes on potential lawyers’ privacy rights.
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First Wednesday to discuss bullying

September 6, 2011
IL Staff
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana’s First Wednesday discussion panel on Sept. 7 will tackle the issue of bullying.
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2011-2012 Civil Legal Aid Fund figures released

August 31, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The Division of State Court Administration has released figures for 2011-2012, showing how the $1.5 million Civil Legal Aid Fund has been distributed among 11 qualifying agencies.
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Legal Aid Society to hold 70th birthday celebration

August 31, 2011
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society has scheduled a celebration in honor of its 70th birthday on Sept. 16. The guest speaker is Bobby Knight, former Indiana University basketball coach.
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Judge hears arguments on bar exam application suit

August 25, 2011
Michael Hoskins
How far the Indiana Board of Law Examiners can go in asking potential lawyers about their mental-health history was the subject of a federal court hearing Wednesday, where attorneys explored the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act and what might be reasonable in determining someone’s potential fitness to practice law.
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Public Defender Commission report now online

August 9, 2011
IL Staff
The Indiana Public Defender Commission report is now available online. The Public Defense Fund returned more than $16 million to Indiana counties during the last fiscal year.
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Protective Order Pro Bono Project launches pro se clinic

August 3, 2011
IL Staff
The Protective Order Pro Bono Project, which provides pro bono legal assistance to indigent victims of domestic violence in Marion County to obtain and enforce protection orders, is starting a pro se clinic this month.
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Race benefits group working to end domestic violence

July 25, 2011
IL Staff
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 8th annual Race Away From Domestic Violence event is Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. Proceeds from the 5k run/walk/wheelchair roll benefit the ICADV, a nonprofit working to ending domestic violence.
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Justices rule on cases using 3-step test seeking records

June 23, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court tackled the issue of requests for production of information to private third parties in two opinions Thursday – one dealing with records sought that fall under the victim-advocate privilege and the other dealing with unprotected information.
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Indiana Bar Foundation announces new board

June 23, 2011
IL Staff
New Albany attorney J. Mark Robinson has been named president-elect of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and Michael Bishop will become the new board president. The positions were named at the foundation’s June 17 meeting.
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Indiana Legal Services weathers budget cuts

June 22, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The ILS board has taken cost-cutting steps, which include not renewing staff contracts.
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IPAC director retiring Aug. 1

June 13, 2011
Michael Hoskins
The longtime leader of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council is retiring Aug. 1, leaving the statewide agency he’s been with for more than three decades.
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Pro Bono Commission receives cy pres award

June 9, 2011
IL Staff
The Indiana Pro Bono Commission has received an award for the benefit of its districts that comes from a class-action lawsuit.
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Disconnect between immigrants and the law leads to confusion

June 8, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
After chatting with a colleague, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Fogle decided something needed to be done about the relationship between immigrants and law enforcement.
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ITLA volunteers connecting with community

June 8, 2011
Kelly Lucas
Time is money. Money makes the world go ’round. So what is so powerful that it can motivate busy lawyers to give up both? Perhaps it is the realization that with a small donation of each, they have the power to help alleviate hunger among children and families in central Indiana.
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Groups file suits against new law

June 8, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The National Immigration Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and the national ACLU Foundation Immigrants’ Rights Project filed a class action lawsuit May 25 challenging the wording of a new Indiana law designed to curb illegal immigration.
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Dining event to aid pro bono clinic

April 14, 2011
IL Staff
On April 20, the Columbus Applebee’s restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to Legal Aid District Eleven, which serves Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, and Jennings counties.
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Protective Order Pro Bono Project offers training

March 30, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
For the last 10 years, volunteer attorneys and students in central Indiana have been helping domestic violence victims obtain protective orders, but before embarking on this process, volunteers must be trained on various matters.
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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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