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IndyBar: A Fraction of Time for Exponential Benefits: You Can Make a Difference

August 24, 2016

iba-volunteer-02416-factbox.gifTwo hours out of 744. That’s all it takes to help a family in need—a couple hours each month. The result? Happier, safer families leading to a happier, safer city.

Community members in need of pro bono representation in family law and minor guardianship cases are all too often turned away from providers who want to help because of conflicts. And when they then resort to pro se representation, our judicial system slows to a crawl—delaying justice for even more of our neighbors.

You can make a difference by taking just one pro bono case—and helping one family—at a time. The IndyBar, the Supreme Court’s appointed Heartland Pro Bono Council and the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society have teamed up to fight for access to justice by referring conflicted cases to IndyBar members willing to help.

When you volunteer, conflicted but qualified litigants will be referred to you by the IndyBar. You will never be asked to take more than one client at a time. This is a true, tangible way to make a difference in the lives of Indianapolis families for a time commitment of just two to three hours a month over the course of a six-month period.

A bonus? This service qualifies for mandatory pro bono reporting requirements. Attorneys from all practice areas are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.

Ready to make a difference? Contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org to volunteer.•

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