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Volunteers still needed for Talk to a Lawyer

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A few pro bono districts participating in the Talk to a Lawyer Today program have openings available for attorneys looking to donate a few hours of their time Monday to help the underserved in their communities.

Talk to a Lawyer Today, established in 2002, is a pro bono program that provides legal assistance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to residents who otherwise may not be able to afford it. All 14 pro bono districts are participating this year with 35 walk-in sites, in addition to the statewide hotlines in English and Spanish. The program is sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission.

Pro Bono District 4, which serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties; District 9, which serves Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties; District 10, which serves Green, Lawrence, Monroe, and Owen counties; and District 14, which serves Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Orange, Scott, and Washington counties, told Indiana Lawyer this week they still have openings available for volunteers.

Tabitha Villarrubia, who manages the Spanish hotline, still needs bilingual volunteers. The Spanish hotline is statewide, but the attorneys must be able to come to the Indiana Bar Foundation office in Indianapolis to take the calls, she said. Interested attorneys can contact Villarrubia at Tabitha@villarrubialaw.com to sign up.

Lawyers interested in helping out the districts that still need volunteers can contact the following: Timothy Peterson in District 4 at tim.peterson@ilsi.net or (765) 423-5327; Tammy Hopkins in District 9 at d9probono@yahoo.com or (765) 935-5053; Diane Walker in District 10 at dist10probono@gmail.com or (812) 339-3610 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Amy Roth in District 14 at probono14@sbcglobal.net or (812) 949-2292.

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