Among community-focused organizations in Indianapolis, the mission is often the same—assisting neighbors in need. But what happens when a question or situation arises that is outside of the scope or expertise of an agency or organization?
“Legal Connect,” an open house hosted by the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee on Nov. 6, set out to solve that problem by connecting social service agencies, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations—many of which may often field questions dealing with legal issues—with entities that provide free or reduced-fee legal services to low income populations.
Attendees learned about IndyBar-sponsored pro bono programs and met with representatives from several of the city’s legal service providers, including the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Indiana Legal Services and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Attendees were also able to find out what types of services these organizations provide, which individuals qualify for assistance and how they can guide members of the public in need to the most appropriate legal advice program or representation.
Do you know of an agency or organization that would benefit from learning about pro bono and legal services options offered by the IndyBar or local providers? Contact Caren Chopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.•
“The Legal Connect event was an excellent way to connect with providers working with individuals in the community who might need our legal services. It was by far one of the most practical and helpful networking events I have attended this year.”
Erin Houghland, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
“The event was a great way to connect with people that work with those in the community that need legal resources, but don’t where to find them. …As an exhibitor, I learned a lot too–where there is need and how my organization, Kids’ Voice of Indiana and The Children’s Law Center, can help educate people, especially regarding legal issues with children.”
Lindsay Faulkenberg, Kids’ Voice of Indiana
“Legal Connect was a great way to see what else is going on in the Indianapolis community and to imagine how my agency might connect with others.”
Tim Winn, Catholic Charities Indianapolis