IndyBar News

October 7, 2013

IndyBar to Co-Host Project Pro Bono Trainings

Economic Justice CLENovember 14
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, in partnership with Barnes & Thornburg LLP and the Indianapolis Bar Association will presents an Economic Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Thursday, November 14th from 8:30 a.m.  to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 South Meridian Street. The program, which includes 6 CLE credits, is free to attorneys willing to take one pro bono case referral. Click here to register.

This training seminar will educate attorneys about the legal issues that the low income population faces on a regular basis, including federal tax issues, a crash course on Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, collection defensive and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Also covered will be mortgage foreclosure defense and housing counseling options. An hour will be devoted to the ethical obligations as they relate to representing low income clients and the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

Project GRACE Training: November 8
The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, the Marion County Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) will co-sponsor a training session for the NCLC's Project GRACE on Friday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at  Broadway United Methodist Church (609 E. 29th St.). Project GRACE works with individuals with criminal histories, with the main focus is on assisting those who have recently been released or are soon to be released.

The training will include 6.0 CLE credits. Attorneys who volunteer to take two Project GRACE cases can attend this seminar at no cost. Otherwise, the cost is $160 for attendees or $75 for non-profit organizations. To register for the training, visit http://graceseminar2013.eventbrite.com/.

Training the Immigrant Volunteer: December 5
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in partnership with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, the Indianapolis Bar Association & the Immigrant Welcome Center presents "Training the Immigrant Volunteer," an immigrant justice continuing legal education seminar on Thursday, December 5th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program, which includes 6 CLE credits, is offered at no cost to attorneys willing to take a pro bono case referral. Click here to register.

This seminar will begin with an introduction of the basic vocabulary and ideas behind immigration law so the attendee will better understand the remainder of the CLE. Speakers will present on topics such as the Adjustment of Status Application, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Family Unification and an introduction to Consular Processing for Immigrant Visa Applicants. Cultural Sensitivity Training will be included as well as Ethics and Rule 3.3 and what is the duty to report if clients disclose information about immigration fraud.

Victim Justice CLE: December 13
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, in partnership with The Julian Center & the Indianapolis Bar Association will presents a Victim Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Friday, December 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Julian Center, 2011 N. Meridian Street. This program, which includes 6 CLE credits, is offered at no cost to attorneys willing to take a pro bono case referral. Click here to register.

Attendees will learn about immigration remedies for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes, focusing on U-visas and VAWA self-petitions. Attendees will learn skills for working with victims of domestic violence to make sure they receive support and resources they need to recover. The critical importance of the use of expert witnesses in trials to explain the abused/survivor’s behavior will be taught, as will the rights that children have as victims. Immigrant victims often get into trouble by using a notario and the impact on these cases will be presented. Indiana Code 32-31-9, covering the rights of tenants who are victims of particular crimes will also be addressed.