Dear Senior Judge/Domestic Relations Attorney,
I am writing to you to invite you to participate in Marion County’s new Unrepresented Litigant (“URL”) Family Law facilitation program. In October of 2015 Marion County received a Court Reform Grant from the Indiana Supreme Court.
The purpose of the Court Reform Grant is to provide lawyer/facilitators (“facilitators”) who can give direction on family law matters and civil procedure to URLs without providing legal advice. The program will be coordinated through the Family Resource Center to aid and assist the increasing caseload in family law cases spurred on by URLs.
As a facilitator your duties would include: assisting in financial screening, discussing the issues and difficulties of self-representation and the complex issues involved in family law matters involving children and assets, the consequences of mishandling a legal proceeding and the benefits of legal representation. You may also make recommendations to the Family Resource Center Coordinator of those URLs for whom a referral to the appropriate legal service provider or pro bono counsel would be appropriate. Depending on the URLs financial circumstances, they may qualify for legal assistance or pro bono counsel through our partners at Heartland.
As a senior judge, you will be paid $100.00 per day for the hours that you facilitate in the Family Resource Center. A minimum of 2 hours per shift is required.
If you would like to participate in the program, you must attend one of the one-hour live trainings scheduled for Thursday, July 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.; or August 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. Please complete the attached registration form (here) and return it to me by email at Mellisica.firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at (317) 327-4570.
Mellisica K. Flippen, MSW, JD
Family Court Coordinator
Marion Superior/Circuit Court
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