Interested in getting involved in local pro bono programs? Upcoming trainings offered by both the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic combine training to prepare you to serve with low cost—or free—continuing legal education credits.Indianapolis Bar FoundationWhat IndyBar Volunteers Should Know to Assist Families with Special Education IEPs
Thursday, Nov. 13, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Joseph Maley Foundation Enrichment Center (7128 Lakeview Parkway West Drive)
Cost: Free to individuals who agree to volunteer/$35 IndyBar Members/$70 Non-MembersRegister here
Thousands of Indy area children face extra hurdles in education because of physical, cognitive or emotional/behavior challenges. Federal and state laws entitle all children to a free and appropriate education; some children need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to ensure that they receive the appropriate education for their ability. This session, offered in partnership with the Joseph Maley Foundation, the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Impact Fund recipient, will train attendees so they will be able to help educate parents and guardians on education rights in parents meetings, including substantive, procedural and practical rights; what the process is for securing an IEP; and will provide an overview of applicable sources of law.
Cost is free for those who volunteer to work five hours preparing for and presenting at parent informational meetings. This introductory-level seminar is geared to providing the basics to allow volunteers to begin assisting JMF with this program mission of educating and empowering parents. This seminar will include significant written and electronic reference material for future use. Intermediate and advanced seminars will be offered in the future.Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Visit the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic website at nclegalclinic.org to find additional details and online registration for both NCLC programs.Immigrant Justice Program Training
Friday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (300 N. Meridian St.)
6.5 CLE, including 1.0 Ethics.
Cost: $160 per person/$10 for individuals who take an Immigrant Justice Program Case ReferralRegister here
This seminar will begin with an introduction of the Follow to Join applications (I-730) and ideas behind immigration law and asylum law, so the attendee will better understand the remainder of the CLE.Speakers will present on topics such as the Affirmative Asylum, Defensive Asylum and Witholding of Removal/Convention against Torture. The afternoon will cover Employment Authorization Documents and Travel Documents for Asylees, and Ethics Rules (1.1, 1.3 and 1.4) will be presented by Chuck Kidd, Deputy Executive Secretary at the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.Victim Justice Program Training
Monday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP (11 S. Meridian St.)
6.0 CLE, including 1.0 Ethics
Cost: $160 per person/$10 for individuals who take a Victim Justice Program Case ReferralRegister here
Attendees will learn about protection orders, processes, procedures and dissolutions. That will be followed by a more in-depth presentation, “beyond the no contact order,” the firearms surrender, and other complex issues. Attendees will learn about divorce mediation and about how to use expert testimony to illustrate the client’s trauma. Matters regarding children in common, such as child support, custody, and parenting time will be discussed. The session will conclude with ethical issues every domestic violence lawyer ought to be familiar with.