Weekly News & Updates: End of the Year Reminders!

CURRENT NEEDS Below we have a few major needs, but they are relatively easy and only take a few moments of your time. We need all volunteers to track their time and if you're an attorney, we need your updated case notes. Lastly, if you're looking for a volunteer opportunity in the new year, we need volunteer attorney help at the following intake locations: 1st Tuesdays @ Vida Nueva United Methodist Church from 4pm-6pm 1st Thursdays & 3rd Thursdays @ Aletheia Church(formally Madison Ave. Baptist Church) from 12pm-2pm 3rd Friday @La Plaza from 2pm-4pm

TRACK YOUR TIME If you've volunteered once or you volunteer on a regular basis with the Clinic, we need you to track your time! No matter what kind of volunteer you are, or how long you've been volunteering, or where you've volunteered, please track your time! It's so easy and won't take long! Please go HERE to track your time. If you've forgotten to track your time, no problem! You can track your time for past activities. We need everyone's hours for 2014 so that we can create our Annual Contributed Services Report in the new year.

CASE NOTES & UPDATES Attorneys: if you've taken a case referral from the Clinic we need to hear from you before the end of the year with an update on the case. Please email your Clinic contact with information regarding the case or cases you've taken. We need to clean up our files at the close of the year and we cannot update cases without your updates! Please email Erin, ehougland@nclegalclinic.org with any questions.

Weekly News & Updates: 9/30/2014

"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: jcooney@nclegalclinic.org

A Message from Volunteer Attorney Stephanie Pickens: Use Your Gifts

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards ofGod’s grace in its various forms."  1 Peter 4:10

After moving to Indianapolis in 2011, I found myself staring down the end of ten years of staying at home with my children.  My youngest was getting ready for kindergarten and I was getting ready for a mid-life crisis.   After staying at home that long, I wasn’t sure that I could function in a work environment.  My kids didn’t even believe that I had a college degree, much less a law degree and I had a difficult time believing it myself.  To maintain flexibility and determine if I “had it in me” I decided to look around for volunteer opportunities and came across the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic web site.

In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what I could help with.  My law license was only valid in Iowa so Erin (awesome volunteer coordinator) and I decided to look at the federal issues where my license would be valid.  Tax or Immigration.   I hate numbers, but love people so immigration it was.  I took a few Dream Act cases (DACA) and then started helping with the immigration intake clinic every Wednesday.   Rachel (awesome immigration attorney) was patient in training me and answering all my questions.  The front office staff was patient in showing me everything from how to work the copier to the mail stamper.   The Clinic helped me get my work groove back.  My immigrant clients gave me a new passion.


I recently received a letter from one of my Dream Act clients.  She will be heading to college this fall with a scholarship.  Is there anything more rewarding than knowing you made a difference in someone’s life?  We recently moved back to Iowa and I am hoping to take what I learned at the Clinic meet the needs of the immigrant population in Iowa.

My point is this: If you want to be a part of a community of believers that is more about doing than talking, more about helping than judging, take your gifts and head straight to Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.  I am so thankful that I did!

Weekly News & Updates: 5/20/2014

 We have so many fun things planned for the summer! Not only do we plan to fill up our offices again with 20 Summer Interns, we plan to celebrate our 20th Anniversary by doing some pretty awesome stuff.  To start things off we will be having a Tastings & Trivia night, Monday June 9th from 7pm to 9pm. Before that, go to one of the three great restaurants we have picked out in Fountain Square and have 20% of what you purchase donated to the Clinic. To get more details and to sign up GO HERE . And then come and join us Friday June 13th for a good old fashion night of fun at an Indianapolis Indians Baseball game. Last year we had a blast with those who could attend. Be sure to sign up again and don't miss out on the fireworks! To get your reduced-price tickets GO HERE.

Bring your friends and family to these events, the more the merrier. We love serving, doing justice and celebrating our mission and vision with you.

As always, please see our current needs below. We especially need help in the areas of Family Law and Bankruptcy Case Referrals, Interpreters and Attorneys at Intakes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued time and support.

Sincerely, Erin Hougland Volunteer Coordinator ehougland@nclegalclinic.org

Attorneys:5 Bankruptcy Cases need volunteer attorney support. 8 Family Law Cases, 4 Divorce, 1 Protective Order, 2 Custody and 1 Paternity case- all  family law case referrals are from our partnering service agencies.

Please consider taking a case referral in one of these areas, Bankruptcy and Family Law.


St. Vincent – 2nd Monday

Noblesville – 4th and 5th Thursday

Madison – 3rd Thursday

Vida Nueva – 1st Tuesday

*All Intake locations and times can be found here: http://www.nclegalclinic.org/IntakeSchedule.aspx

Interpreters: We are also looking for Spanish speaking volunteers who can assist as interpreters for volunteer attorney case referrals. This work can be done online or over the phone and is flexible enough for people who have busy schedules. Please consider helping out with your language skills. For more information contact Erin.

We are in need of Spanish language interpreter support at our intake locations. 2 hours a month, on a regular basis:

St. Vincent –All Mondays

La Plaza – 1st and 3rd Friday

Madison – All Thursdays

Noblesville – All Thursdays

Southeastern – 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Nehemiah - All Tuesdays

*All Intake locations and times can be found here: http://www.nclegalclinic.org/IntakeSchedule.aspx

PrayerPartners: Interested in joining us in prayer for our clients and partnering agencies? Email: ehougland@nclegalclinic.org

Meet Nikki Ledgerwood: Volunteer Paralegal

I am happy to introduce to you one of our wonderful volunteers, Nikki Ledgerwood. Nikki has been volunteering for over a year as an immigration paralegal with Victim Justice Staff Attorney Aimee Heitz and Immigration Staff Paralegal Noemi Gallegos. Nikki came to the Clinic in the middle of her Paralegal studies program at IUPUI, a program she hopes to complete next spring 2015. Nikki initially got involved with us at the Clinic because she wanted to get more experience in the legal world and over time has continued to volunteer because she loves giving back to her community. "It's so rewarding to give back and feels great to help others."

Nikki has a big heart. She's been working in the mental health field for 18 years as a case manager and counselor. Nikki's parents, her father a public defender and  her mother a psyche nurse, have been particularly influential in Nikki's life and her passion for social justice. While she is currently in a paralegal studies program and volunteering with the Clinic, Nikki continues to do work in the mental health field.

In her job and her volunteerism Nikki has had the opportunity to see the multiple sides of trauma people suffer. Nikki feels that her passion lies in helping individuals transform their lives after the pain they may have experienced in their past, whether it be as a counselor or an immigration paralegal.  "At the Clinic I get to meet courageous clients who have been through so much in their lives and their stories give me courage and hope."

When asked what social justice means to her, Nikki states, "It means making sure everyone, everyone, has equal rights and access to the legal and justice system." We at the Clinic couldn't agree more.

In her free time Nikki hangs out with the many pets she has rescued, loves doing yoga and looks forward to running the Zombie run in June. We are happy to report that Nikki will be spending even more time with us this summer in her position as an immigration paralegal intern. Nikki, thanks for your big heart and gentle spirit. We love having you as part of our volunteer team.

Erin Hougland
Volunteer Coordinator