Having watched people become intimidated and fearful as they try to represent themselves in court while struggling to understand legal system, Leigh Carpenter jumped at the chance to join what she sees as providing much-needed help.
At the touch of a finger: Indiana Bar Foundation deploying 120 kiosks to provide civil legal help
As part of an initiative spearheaded by the Indiana Bar Foundation, 120 Indiana Legal Help kiosks are being placed in public locations like courthouses and libraries in all 92 Indiana counties.Read More
Prepared for pro bono: Collective pro bono platform to offer free trainings in variety of practice areas
Creating a central location for pro bono attorneys to receive training and resources has been on Dana Luetzelschwab’s brain for a long time. That’s why she pitched the idea to the state bar association: create the Pro Bono Academy and Resource Center.Read More
Help wanted: Positions still unfilled as legal aid struggles to find attorneys
Legal aid agencies across the state are struggling to find and hire attorneys to fill full-time staff positions. Providers speculate that lower bar passage rates and high demand for lawyers across the legal profession have created a supply issue.Read More
Housing court seeks to find alternatives to eviction
Every Wednesday and Thursday, the docket is filled with landlord-tenant cases. But since October 2021, the Lawrence Township Small Claims Court has been implementing a housing court model that provides additional services to try to prevent or lessen the impact of the loss of a place to live.Read More
Allied legal professionals slowly gaining foothold in legal community: Advocates say limited license nonlawyers beneficial to middle class
Utah is one of just four states that allow nonlawyers to obtain limited licenses to provide legal advice and counsel.
Legal Services Corp., which supports legal aid organizations around the country including Indiana Legal Services, has received a $560 million appropriation from Congress — a 14.5% increase over last year’s $489 million and the largest percentage boost in funding since 1979.
If the pilot run was any indication, a new tool used by Indiana Legal Service’s Legal Assistance for Victimized Adults, or LAVA, Project could help more endangered and victimized Hoosier adults obtain legal assistance.
The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society is hoping that as legal professionals make their year-end donations, they will remember to contribute to “the law firm for the poor.”
At the Lawrence Township trustee’s office Tuesday afternoon, court officials and community leaders unveiled the first of 120 civil legal help kiosks that will be deployed to individuals trying to navigate the legal system themselves.
Legal aid providers around the state that offer civil legal assistance to low-income Hoosiers have received a financial boost totaling more than $2.5 million from the Indiana Bar Foundation.
More than 120 attorneys and judicial officers gathered at the BASH venue in Carmel on June 24 to celebrate the Indiana Bar Foundation’s civic education milestones and civil legal assistance during its inaugural Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon.
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic has hired Erin Hall, an Indianapolis attorney who has spent the bulk of her career in state government, as the nonprofit’s new executive director. She will join the clinic June 1.
Getting legal resources to low-income litigants is a major struggle both nationally and on Hoosier soil. According to the Legal Services Corporation 2022 Justice Gap Report, low-income Americans do not get any or enough legal help for 92% of their substantial civil legal problems.
Wabash College junior Cooper Smith, who has interned with legal organizations and has plans to become an attorney, has earned a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of just 58 undergraduates across the country selected for the national fellowship award.
Stenciled on the back wall of the Expungement Help Desk run by the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a reminder that many who come looking to move forward with their lives often photograph and post on their Facebook pages. The message reads: “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.” As it begins another search for a new executive director almost two years after hiring its previous leader, Amy Horton, the clinic may need to keep that affirmation in mind.