By Arend Abel, Cohen & Malad LLP
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana held its third annual pro bono breakfast on Wednesday, February 17. Chief Judge Richard L. Young spoke about the Court’s Civil Trial Assistance Program and the Mediation Assistance Program.
In both programs, volunteer attorneys represent litigants who otherwise would be without counsel. The Mediation Assistance Program involves a limited appointment for the purpose of assisting litigants with settlement conferences conducted by the Magistrate Judges. The appointment of counsel for the Civil Trial assistance program involves all phases of the case through trial, though often counsel is not appointed until after the summary judgment stage. Judge Young thanked those attorneys who had volunteered their time to assist the Court and litigants, and presented an award to IndyBar member Haroon Anwar and Andy Campbell, who recently obtained a verdict for a plaintiff in a Civil Trial Assistance Plan case. Both Mr. Anwar and Mr. Campbell described their experiences with the program. Mr. Anwar in particular said that his participation gave him an opportunity to gain trial experience that he otherwise would not have in his practice.
Attorneys are encouraged to volunteer to assist the Court and litigants. More information about the program can be found on the Court’s pro bono page. Interested attorneys can also contact the Court’s pro bono coordinator, Kristine Seufert.
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