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

-Attorneys-

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

-Interpreters-

INTAKES La Plaza: 1st and 3rd Fridays

-Students-

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

Brackets for Good

Brackets for Good began in 2012 when a couple NCAA March Madness fans decided to create an engaging way to help raise money for Indianapolis non-profits.  They created an online bracket system that resembles the NCAA tournament.  Starting with 8 organizations, they raised $32,000 for the organizations.  In the 2nd year, they raised $85,000 for 16 organizations.

In 2014, there are 64 non-profit organizations that are set up in the bracket.  One non-profit organization is paired up against another.  The organization that raises the most money within the 1st round advances to the 2nd round.  All money raised goes to the organization and there are prizes for winning the tournament.  To find out more, here’s a link to a 60 second video about the competition [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jskPh8hBh_8]

The Clinic is participating in Brackets for Good this year and it all begins tomorrow night. As you can tell, our staff is dressed and ready for the competition. If we are going to progress to the next round, we need your help!

Here are the ways you can get involved:

1)       Go check out our Fact Sheet HERE 2)       Simply share an email about our organization & the tournament 3)       Dress up in your sports jersey, snap a photo & share it on Facebook and Twitter, tag the Clinic, #BFG14 4)       Like our Facebook & follow us on Twitter 5)       Make a financial investment (between Feb 28th @ 8pm and March 7th @ 7:59pm) 6)       Make a financial pledge to play your donation strategically

*As always, be sure to like our Facebook  and follow us on Twitter at @NCLegalClinic *Keep your eyes out for ways to leverage your gifts through matching donations, mini contests, and more. *Please send any questions to Matt Meier at mmeier@nclegalclinic.org