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Guidance for Giving Back: Two CLE Training Programs in April - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Apr 16, 2015
Lawyers are in a unique position to give back to the under-served by offering qualified legal advice and counsel to individuals in need. This month, the IndyBar is offering two training programs to give attorneys guidance for giving back to two very important causes: helping families with IEP case conferences and providing legal assistance to the homeless. If you'd like to give back to your neighbors in need, be sure to sign up for one of the CLEs below.

What IndyBar Members Need to Know to Assist Families in IEP Case Conferences - Level 301
Featuring: John Maley, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Eric Schommer, St. Monica School
Fri., April 24 from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Register online 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 families of students who have IEPs due to special education needs.

This is an intermediate, 301-level course designed to train attorneys to be able to assist a family in preparing for their student’s next IEP case conference, and in actually attending that case conference with the family. This program is not designed to train attorneys to litigate disputed matters at the administrative level or in court.  That advanced program will be held later this year. This seminar will include significant written and electronic reference material for future use to ensure that you are prepared for success following the program.

Please note: This program is free for those who volunteer five hours for the Joseph Maley Foundation preparing for and attending a family IEP case conference with a school district. $55 member without a case, $110 non-member

Child Support Modifications and Expungements: A Primer for Providing Legal Assistance to the Homeless
Featuring: Annette Biesecker, Indiana Legal Services; Andy Fogle, Marion County Prosecutor's Office
Wed., April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register online here.

Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance – even those without a home to live in. Attorneys have the opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues, and this seminar will provide the training to do so.

Attendees of this program will be prepared to provide pro bono assistance for two of the most common case type needs experienced by Horizon House homeless clients: expungements and child support modifications. Stale minor criminal convictions and loss of driver’s licenses due to child support arrearages are two of the most common limitations on homeless persons’ ability to break the cycle of property through employment. By helping homeless individuals with these cases, you can have an immediate and lasting impact on their lives.

The seminar will cover everything you need to know, from common issues in communicating with the homeless people, who don't always convey pertinent information succinctly, to an analysis of the process for obtaining expungements in Indiana and more. Attorneys will be able to report additional pro bono hours under the new reporting requirements, so consider volunteering to assist your Indy neighbors and attend this CLE so you will be ready to help.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is free for those who attend and agree to take a case through the IndyBar Homeless Project upon completion of training. Please register as volunteer to confirm your commitment to taking a case.

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