The Coalition for Court Access, created in May to coordinate Indiana Supreme Court programs that involve civil legal aid, will have its inaugural meeting Wednesday.
The CCA, consisting of 17 members, will work to provide a more focused and comprehensive organizational structure for the state’s civil legal aid programs, including pro bono efforts.
An order signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush in May consolidated the three existing legal aid groups – the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, the Indiana Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services and the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Unrepresented Litigants – into this new coalition.
At the meeting, the group will discuss the responsibilities of those former groups and hold a consent vote on 2017 IOLTA grants. The coalition is also looking into forming possible working groups on pro bono and volunteer attorney recruitment, rural legal services, and funding, among other topics.
How often the group meets will be determined at the upcoming meeting.
Justice Steven David chairs the group, which he said will be able to do strategic planning, set long-term objectives and bring together various players in the legal community.
The coalition will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 317 (the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom) in the Statehouse.