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Talk to a Lawyer needs volunteers, EBA moves

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Talk to a Lawyer needs volunteers

The annual Talk to a Lawyer Today event will take place on Jan. 17 at locations around the state. While the free CLE opportunities took place in late 2010, volunteers who want to participate may do so if they didn’t attend the CLE.

Those who participate in the event will have access to “Commonly Asked Questions about Indiana Law,” which they will be able to reference during their TTALT volunteer experience. The Indianapolis Bar Association has partnered with event organizers since the statewide program started in 2002 to provide this book at no cost to volunteers.

Various local bar associations have also helped offset the cost of CLE and the event itself. The St. Joseph County Bar Association has helped promote this and other Ask a Lawyer events that Pro Bono District 2 has organized; the Evansville Bar Association has consistently supported the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, that has a monthly Ask a Lawyer event and will have volunteers help with its Wills Project on Jan. 17; the Allen County Bar hosted the CLE for the Volunteer Lawyer Project of Northeast Indiana and has supported the Talk to a Lawyer Today event in Pro Bono District 3; and the Lake County Bar Association has supported Northwest Indiana Volunteer Lawyers Inc. with donations and promotion of the event in Pro Bono District 1.

Interested attorneys can still call their local pro bono district plan administrators for more information or to sign up to volunteer. Contact information is available at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/probono under “Information for attorneys.”

Last year, programs around the state helped more than 900 people who had legal questions, many of which were resolved within 15 minutes. The most common questions regarded family law, criminal law, estate and probate, real estate, and landlord/tenant issues.•

EBA moves, promotes tribute

The Evansville Bar Association and the John L. Sanders Memorial – Evansville Bar Foundation have moved their offices to the historic Walker Building. The new address for the EBA and EBF is 401 SE 6th St., Suite 101, Evansville, IN 47713.

The EBA and EBF phone number and e-mail addresses will remain the same. The phone number is (812) 426-1712 and the website is still www.evvbar.org.

The EBA is also promoting a memorial service for attorney Thomas H. Terrell on Jan. 14 at Vanderburgh Superior Court.

Terrell, 71, died suddenly Nov. 16, 2010, after a short illness. He received his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1968. He started at the Evansville firm now known as Terrell Baugh Salmon & Born in 1969, where he practiced in the areas of business law, commercial real estate, estate planning, and probate.

Terrell also served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1960s, was a member of the Kennel Club, was awarded with the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash, and was a Kentucky Colonel.•

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