On April 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM, bankruptcy attorney Matthew Gaudin will host a training for attorneys with little or no bankruptcy experience in the specifics of helping someone to file. According to Matt, this training offers a unique opportunity for attorneys who want to expand their practice area. But this is not the only perk.Read More
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"As we express our gratitude. we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John F. Kennedy
Greetings Volunteers & Partners!
Maybe you've heard about our awesome upcoming Justice For All Event, Celebrating 20 Years of Service to the Community. Well, if you haven't please check out the event page HERE and get your ticket today. We are hoping to see more of our volunteers at this year's event, so please take note of both the discounted volunteer pricing as well as the discounted student tickets for past and present interns and student volunteers. JFA 2014 will be an excellent event and fun opportunity to support the Clinic and meet others in the community who support the Clinic's mission.
Now to the main purpose of this post: We need your help! Can you take cases? Want to help out with a phone-a-thon survey day? Can you assist at our Project GRACE Help Desk? We need all the help we can get, so take a look at your schedules and consider volunteering this fall for some of these great opportunities to help the community.
As always, thank you again for your time and support!
Sincerely, Erin Hougland Volunteer Coordinator
CASES- Please consider helping
6 Bankruptcy: We continue to have bankruptcies and need extra support! 1 Guardianship 1 Custody/Visitation 2 Divorce Cases from the Clinic's Victim Justice Project
INTAKES- in order of need. For information on locations please goHERE.
Aletheia Church*formerly Madison Avenue Baptist Church 1st and 3rd Thursday, 12pm-2pm Vida Nueva United Methodist– 1st Tuesday, 4pm-6pm La Plaza – 3rd Friday
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION Please be sure to go to the Upcoming Events page or to the Clinic’s website to learn more about our upcoming CLEs. Here’s a taste of what’s coming soon. Be sure to sign up and reserve your spot! CLEs are free for those who are Program Volunteer Attorneys.
October 24th: Project GRACE CLE Exoffender Reentry 8:30am-4:30pm, Sign Up HERE November 7th: Consumer Justice Tax Law CLE: Offers in Compromise 2pm-4pm @ Ice Miller LLP Sign Up HERE November 14th: Immigration CLE on Asylum 8:30am-4:30pm @ Fagre Baker Daniels Sign Up HERE December 5th: Victim Justice CLE 8:30am-4:30pm, Location Barnes & Thornburg LLP Sign Up HERE
ONE-DAY VOLUNTEER EVENTS FOR ATTORNEYSOctober 11th: DACA Day 9am-4pm @ the Clinic Register HERE
INTAKES La Plaza: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Go Herefor a list of our current fall internships!
Law Students, please also note your help is appreciated at our One-Day Event coming up:October 11th: DACA Day 9am-4pm @ the Clinic Register HERE
-PROJECT GRACE: Help Needed-
Phone Surveys: Project GRACE’s three main focus areas are familial, economic, and employment stability. We are looking for a volunteer to dedicate 2 hours per day over three separate days of your choice. A volunteer will conduct surveys via phone with clients whose case has been resolved.
Help Desk: We need volunteers willing to give 2 hours a week or more to the Pro Se Expungement Help Desk. Want to learn more about this opportunity? Contact Jessica Cooney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Attorneys, Looking for an opportunity to gain more legal knowledge? Get involved in a new legal area? Get your CLE credits at a reasonable price? Or perhaps you just want to gain more knowledge of a certain legal area and take a pro bono case in order to practice your new legal knowledge? Whatever the reason, now is the time to register for the Clinic's upcoming Continuing Legal Education seminars. See below for the list of seminars and sign up soon! If you have any questions, please let me know.
Best, Erin Hougland Volunteer Coordinator
Save the Date or Register Now!
September 23rd: Immigration CLE on UVisas @ Ice Miller LLP, 2pm-4pm Sign Up HERE
September 26th: Immigrant Justice CLE, Waivers @ Ice Miller LLP, 2pm-4pm Sign Up HERE
October 24th: Project GRACE CLE Exoffender Reentry @ IndyBar Association 8:15am-4:30pm Sign Up HERE
November 7th: Consumer Justice Tax Law CLE: Offers in Compromise @ Ice Miller LLP 2pm-4pm Sign Up HERE
November 14th: Immigration CLE on Asylum @ Fagre Baker Daniels 8:30am-4:30pm Sign Up HERE
December 5th: Victim Justice CLE 8:30am-4:30pm, Location Barnes & Thornburg LLP Sign Up HERE
I'm pleased to introduce to you Gabriel Cummings, Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) Housing Intern at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Gabriel was born in Carmel, Indiana but was raised out in Los Angeles, California for most of his life. Butler University brought Gabriel back to Indiana where he graduated last month with a degree in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies. At Butler, Gabriel was involved with service learning and worked for a year with Kaleidoscope Youth Center where he tutored students, led various activities and helped with Boy Scouts. When I asked Gabriel what drew him to do an internship at the Clinic he said he was " drawn to the whole premise of what the Clinic does. The Clinic helps people and deeply cares about their clients." Gabriel got to experience the Clinic through our IFPN Program where he assisted with the creation of the Clinic's new Financial Literacy workshop called "Building Wealth"; he also helped with the IFPN client workshops and lessened the load on our IFPN staff by assisting with database entry and filing.
According to Gabriel, "Social justice is an integral part of society that is often overlooked. Everyone should have access to resources and rights equally, but they should also be made aware of what their rights are and whether or not they do have equal access to them." Gabriel is passionate about helping others and he's particularly concerned with the educational aspects of social justice, "Not everyone knows what their rights are and we should all have access to this knowledge through education."
Gabriel volunteers because it gives him the opportunity to give back while also expanding his knowledge and experience of the world. "It also helps me connect with the community in which I live."
When I asked Gabriel what he liked about doing volunteer work at the Clinic he said, "When you come to the Clinic, you can tell that the work being done is more than just a job to the staff -- everyone is passionate with what they do and the services the Clinic provides." Gabriel learned much in his internship during the spring semester and was happy to stay on six extra weeks into the summer break before he moves back to California in July. Gabriel plans to join the service after some time back home in Los Angeles. He hopes that through serving his country he can also expand his knowledge of the law and become an attorney for the Navy. Gabriel is ambitious, energetic and has had a powerful impact as an intern at the Clinic.
Thanks for all your hard work and passion, Gabriel. We will miss you and wish you well with your journeys ahead.