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Posted on: Apr 7, 2020

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is committed to assisting members of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis community as they navigate the economic effects of COVID-19. The IBF will provide grants of up to $3,000 for lawyers who perform services through the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Outreach Committee’s Crisis Empowerment Program for Central Indiana families in need of legal services during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Successful applicants must be members of the Indianapolis Bar Association and must have been first licensed to practice law on or after January 1, 2008. Participants in the program will be granted $100 per hour to provide up to five hours of legal services to an individual client with a maximum grant per lawyer participant of $3,000. Attorneys must be willing to take casework in the areas of family law, labor/employment, landlord/tenant or protective orders. 

The IBF and IndyBar are partnering with Indiana Legal Services, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, and Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic who will:

  1. conduct a financial valuation on the individual and deem them to be at or below 250% of the poverty level and
  2. verify that the client is a resident of Marion County. 

Attorneys who are interested in receiving a grant under this program must complete and submit this application on or before 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Completed applications will automatically be transmitted to Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org and will be reviewed by the IndyBar’s Grant Committee with the intent of selecting applicants that cover a variety of practice areas.

The IBF is committed to assisting members of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis community as they navigate the economic effects of COVID-19.  More information about the IBF may be found here.

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