Indiana Pro Bono Commission

The Indiana Pro Bono Commission strives to promote equal access to justice for all Indiana residents by facilitating the integration and coordination of existing services; fostering the development of new pro bono programs; supporting and improving the quality of existing pro bono programs; fostering the growth of a public service culture within the Indiana Bar which values pro bono publico service; promoting the ongoing development of financial and other resources for pro bono organizations in Indiana; and enabling Indiana attorneys to discharge their professional responsibility to provide pro bono services. The Indiana Pro Bono Commission is a project of the Indiana Bar Foundation and consists of 21 members appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Bar Foundation. The Commission is administered by an executive director. These individuals were appointed pursuant to Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 6.6 and together they have the responsibility of allocating IOLTA funds to the 14 District Pro Bono Committees in Indiana. A trial judge from one of the counties in each Indiana district chairs and appoints the District Committee. District Committees submit an annual report and plan that addresses the unmet legal needs in their community. The Indiana IOLTA program funds the implementation of the district plans and the efforts of the District Committees to improve delivery of civil legal services to the lower income population in their district.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Indiana
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Environmental, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Child protection, Children/Youth, Civil protection orders: Initial proceeding, Civil protection orders: Contempt/Enforcement, Elder abuse, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT), Tort law
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: It is a statewide program, so many languages are needed
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: Some trainings have CLE credit and some don't.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Hotline staffing, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials, Translate legal documents
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research, Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Mentor Volunteer Lawyers
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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