Waiting with the others in court that morning, Phil was fascinated by the eclectic mix of people and their reasons for being there. Everyone had a story. There were those who were divorced, wanting to rid themselves of the name they had taken on as a newlywed. There were children who were being adopted, now bestowed with new names to match their new family. Phil marveled at the ceremony and power as the judge declared for each person, “You will forever be known as—” before christening them anew. “It felt like a religious moment,” Phil says to me now.Read More
Many of Southeastern’s programs begin in this manner, with a member of the congregation championing a cause they care about. Preaching Minister Greg York says of this philosophy, “So much of that stuff is better if you let it grow organically than if you try to impose it from above.” He loves when parishioners become excited about a new project. “If someone has recognized a need and is willing to lay themselves down to be part of the solution, then I want to support that,” Greg says. “And Russell clearly had a passion when he came to us.”Read More
Despite his positivity, Art is no stranger to hardship. Last year, he successfully underwent treatment for prostate cancer. Recently, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. But he maintains an attitude of gratefulness. He says, “If I look at God’s grace, I have it in orders of magnitude.” He counts off his blessings: his career, getting to go to Law School, and, most of all, his wife, Penny. “No matter what happens, I’m blessed,” he says. “The Parkinson’s thing? That’s God’s will. He knew this was coming before I was born. And it’s just part of the deal.”Read More
Becoming friends with the parents of her children’s friends emphasized the blessings afforded her simply by being born in this country. “There but for the grace of God go I,” she says. “I didn’t do anything to deserve this. I just happened to be born in a family that happened to be here [in America].”Read More
Latosha was then faced with the dilemma of needing to find another job, but with something on her criminal record from much earlier, she was worried about her chances of getting hired elsewhere. Over the years, she’d never even tried. She explains, “I’ve kind of been stuck at the same job for like 16 years, but I always stayed there because of my background. I didn’t think I could go nowhere else.”Read More
It is easy to understand how and why other people hurt—at least when they’re in your office, crumpled tissues in hand, the empathy flows. But sympathy and empathy alone can leave you in the realm of pitying people. And we have not been called to pity people. Our call is to "(a)dminister true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another” (Zechariah 7:9).Read More
“Compassion is loving others … I’ve learned one of the most important things is to just hear someone’s story. To stop, put your pencil down, because life is so busy and hard and complicated that people don’t give each other time.”Read More
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
The Civil Legal Advice Line is beautiful in its simplicity: For those who live outside of the counties the Clinic serves with on-site intakes, clients can now call 1-877-230-7521 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. During this call, they can speak with an attorney and receive free legal information and advice.Read More
“The Clinic helped me realize the variety of ways there are to worship. It made me see that I didn’t have to separate the professional part of my life from…my faith and that they could enrich each other.” These two seemingly incompatible pursuits were now clearly working most effectively and edifyingly in tandem.Read More
"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: email@example.com
"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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
Meet William Fife our 2012 Summer Legal Intern turned volunteer in-house attorney. William was born and raised in Indianapolis and attended IU Bloomington for undergrad where he studied Public Affairs. Upon graduating, William entered the Peace Corps and lived for two years in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific ( If you're wondering, as I was, where the Kingdom of Tonga is, please check out this Map Kingdom of Tonga ).William lived on an island five miles long by one mile wide with a population of about 1,000 people. Talk about culture shock. While there William worked on small business development and grant writing with different village counterparts. He organized youth groups to do commercial farming on unused land and spent a large amount of time in his final months there doing Tongan to English document translation.
"The experience there really opened my eyes to the day-to-day issues of poverty and social justice." William found himself passionate about helping empower those in need and says, "my entire life since that time has been focused in some way on serving the under-served."
William came to the Clinic as a summer intern in 2012 to work in our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program where he worked with staff attorney Veronique Beuoy to research, develop legal education and do outreach to different communities who could benefit from the LITC Program. William graduated from Florida Coastal Law School in 2013 and returned to the Clinic to work with staff attorney Rachel Van Tyle in Immigration Law where he currently works closely with refugee clients.
When I asked William what he likes about working with the Clinic he says he strongly identifies with the Clinic's mission and that being a part of an organization who is passionate about serving the under-served has been very powerful for him. "That sense of mission and spirit has been an incredible experience. One of the best, if not the best, work environments I have been in."
William informed us recently that he has accepted a job as a staff attorney at the Micronesian Legal Service Corporation in the Marshall Islands where he will be working primarily in immigration law and land disputes. Since William will literally be on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I asked him what his favorite book, music and hobbies are: The Autobiography of Malcom X, Miles Davis and chess which he says "I am a junkie for chess". Luckily these are all things he should be able to pack in his bags when he heads to the Marshall Islands at the end of May.
William, thanks for all your hard work, passion and dedication. We loved getting to know you over the past couple of years and we are excited about your journey to come. Our prayers travel with you.