Courting Justice Podcast

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
— Bryant H. McGill

Courting Justice is a podcast created by Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic meant to enrich and inform our listeners. Every episode features our seasoned staff along with special guests, including social justice leaders and experts from our community partners.  We focus on issues of faith, justice, and their intersection with pro bono legal services.  Through our conversation, guests provide listeners with legal information and answers to common questions, sharing compelling and personal stories from their work as they go. We also invite our listeners to ask us questions via Twitter to help shape future podcasts. Share your thoughts now!

Meet our host, Ashley Caveda

Ashley received her undergraduate degree in English writing and Spanish from Butler University. She studied creative nonfiction in graduate school and received her MFA from The Ohio State University. Now, she works as the Creative Engagement Coordinator at Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. To connect with Ashley, follow her on Twitter @AshleyCaveda

Podcast Host - Ashley Caveda

For complete episodes, listen below or subscribe on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @NCLegalClinic and be sure to tweet us your questions or comments with #CourtingJustice.

Brackets for Good & Fundraising Madness

According to Brackets For Good co-founder, Matt Duncan, fundraising should be fun! How has the Indianapolis-based charitable organization helped to transform the landscape of nonprofit fundraising? What role does innovation play in the future of fundraising? And how have such efforts allowed Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic to use humor and creativity to capture the attention of new donors?Along with Clinic Executive Director Chris Purnell, Matt and his colleague Reid McDowell answer these questions and share humorous stories about their brackets-style competition and the fundraising madness that has raised over $6.35 million dollars for nonprofit organizations nationwide.


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What are common misconceptions about the IRS? What tips do you need to know to avoid tax scams? And what can you do if you become the victim of a tax scam or identity theft? In this episode of Courting Justice, senior staff attorney and Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Dee Dee Gowan joins Betsy Isenberg, Director of the Consumer Protection Division at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, in answering these questions. Together, they share stories of memorable cases, the most common tax scams they encounter through their work, and how the Legal Clinic and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General can assist consumers during and after the tax season.


Who is protected by Fair Housing laws? What are the most common misconceptions people have regarding their landlord/tenant rights? What can you do if you face a housing issue of some kind? In this episode of Courting Justice, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Amy Nelson and Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Staff Attorney Chase Haller answer these questions and share their expertise. Special thanks to state-wide disability advocacy organization Fifth Freedom for asking such great questions regarding disability rights and Fair Housing!


What kinds of things might bar a refugee or immigrant from entering the United States? What is our obligation as a UN nation to helping refugees? And what role does faith play in providing services to them? In Part 2 of our special two-part series on Immigration and Refugees, Director of Outreach & Immigration Services at Exodus Refugee Megan Hochbein and Immigrant Justice Program Staff Attorney Rachel Van Tyle answer these questions and share some of their favorite moments working with refugees.


What exactly is a refugee? What kinds of screening processes do refugees undergo before entering the United States? What barriers do they typically face and what kinds of services are available to help them integrate into our community? Join host Ashley Caveda for Part 1 of our special two-part series on Immigration and Refugees. She discusses common questions and misconceptions regarding refugees with Director of Outreach & Immigration Services at Exodus Refugee Megan Hochbein and Immigrant Justice Program Staff Attorney Rachel Van Tyle.


What considerations must be made when working with victims of violent trauma? How can service providers help them feel safe and empowered? What are the potential pitfalls? Join host Ashley Caveda as she discusses these questions, the long-reaching effects of trauma, and more with Legacy House Executive Director Michael Hurst and Victim Justice Program Immigrant Advocate Noemí Gallegos.


What is justice? Who has access to it? What are the community-wide financial and emotional repercussions when justice is not served? Join host Ashley Caveda as she discusses these questions, the Clinic's most memorable clients, and more with current Executive Director Chris Purnell and founder and former Executive Director Abby Kuzma.