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Community Legal Service & Assistance

"Our firm values being a part of and serving our community."


We place a high priority on community legal services within and outside of our legal practice.  Most of our lawyers handle pro bono representations of various sizes and types.  We regularly provide community legal services and assistance to indigent clients through the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis and other organizations.  Two of our partners have, since 2002, represented an indigent inmate on Alabama’s death row regarding his post-conviction appeal.

Many of our lawyers are officers or members of volunteer boards of charitable and educational organizations including Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Horizons Urban Student Enrichment Program, Child Advocates, Saint Theodore Guerin Catholic High School, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and Indiana University Alumni Association.  We give hundreds of hours of time and thousands of dollars each year to these and other community organizations.  

Our lawyers regularly serve as officers and committee members of environmental and other sections and chapters of state and local bar associations.  We are frequent speakers at continuing legal education seminars held by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) and other organizations.  

Three of our offices are historic mansions in the Old Northside neighborhood of Indianapolis.  Indiana history, including the site of one of the first law schools in Indiana, lives on through our use and preservation of these special buildings.

Examples

Our firm has received pro-bono public service awards from the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Heartland Pro Bono Council.  "The firm has demonstrated leadership in its pro bono work," said the Executive Director of the Indiana Bar Foundation.  "The firm provided pro bono services on a wide variety of matters ranging from defense of a death row inmate in Alabama, a myriad of consumer insurance and landlord-tenant disputes for poor clients, a trial to restore an indigent student athlete’s eligibility that had been wrongfully denied by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and legal work associated with the construction of the new Catholic high school in Hamilton County."

In 2002, Chief Judge McKinney of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana challenged the local legal community to answer the call of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Initiative.  The ABA project seeks to secure volunteer counsel for indigent inmates sentenced to death in states where state funded legal assistance ends with the direct appeal.  Two of our partners have, since early 2003, pursued the post-conviction appeal of an Alabama death row inmate.  In 2006 they presented evidence at a three day evidentiary hearing at which four experts and three lay witnesses testified on behalf of the defense.  Our lawyers have collectively volunteered more than two thousand hours in this litigation.  Our commitment is to due process, which we believe every person, including those charged with a capital offense, must receive as a matter of law.

We support the Legal AID Centre of Eldoret (LACE), a human rights law clinic in Kenya operating in conjunction with AMPATH, the Nobel Peace Price-nominated program founded by the Indiana University School of Medicine and Eldoret, Kenya-based Moi University School of Medicine.  Among other things, LACE seeks to assist families decimated by the AIDS virus in obtaining basic legal rights.  "We feel our Kenyan counterparts can make history by making justice an accessible reality for the people of Kenya" said Judge Patricia Riley of the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Examples

Our firm has received pro-bono public service awards from the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Heartland Pro Bono Council.  "The firm has demonstrated leadership in its pro bono work," said the Executive Director of the Indiana Bar Foundation.  "The firm provided pro bono services on a wide variety of matters ranging from defense of a death row inmate in Alabama, a myriad of consumer insurance and landlord-tenant disputes for poor clients, a trial to restore an indigent student athlete’s eligibility that had been wrongfully denied by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, and legal work associated with the construction of the new Catholic high school in Hamilton County."

In 2002, Chief Judge McKinney of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana challenged the local legal community to answer the call of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Initiative.  The ABA project seeks to secure volunteer counsel for indigent inmates sentenced to death in states where state funded legal assistance ends with the direct appeal.  Two of our partners have, since early 2003, pursued the post-conviction appeal of an Alabama death row inmate.  In 2006 they presented evidence at a three day evidentiary hearing at which four experts and three lay witnesses testified on behalf of the defense.  Our lawyers have collectively volunteered more than two thousand hours in this litigation.  Our commitment is to due process, which we believe every person, including those charged with a capital offense, must receive as a matter of law.

We support the Legal AID Centre of Eldoret (LACE), a human rights law clinic in Kenya operating in conjunction with AMPATH, the Nobel Peace Price-nominated program founded by the Indiana University School of Medicine and Eldoret, Kenya-based Moi University School of Medicine.  Among other things, LACE seeks to assist families decimated by the AIDS virus in obtaining basic legal rights.  "We feel our Kenyan counterparts can make history by making justice an accessible reality for the people of Kenya" said Judge Patricia Riley of the Indiana Court of Appeals.

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