Attorneys can volunteer in many ways.
Take a case in your county
We always have family law cases and generally have uncontested guardianships and adoptions in every county. We also need takers for:
- mortgage foreclosure
- collections defense
- property law
- real estate work
- small probate estates
- landlord-tenant work
- the occasional tort
In fact, if it’s a civil case and you do it, if we do not presently have such a case, the chances are that one will come in the door shortly. We generally also have cases for mediators and Guardians ad Litem. Please call to inquire what particular cases need attorneys at present!
If you’re a new attorney, retired or part-time, licensed in Indiana and able to donate ten or more hours per week, we love having part-time staff attorneys in our office. Such volunteers take particular cases, help in interviewing or advising clients, draft documents and litigate. We can provide support, space and expertise if you want to learn or keep your hand in.
Offer advice at a COUNSEL IN THE COURT walk-in clinic
Counsel in the Court (CITC) needs family law attorneys to meet with and draft pleadings for pro se family law litigants with cases within the D10 service area. We have clinics in various counties at various days/times:
Greene County: 2nd and 4th Thursday each month, 11 AM-1:30 PM, Family law only. Second Floor, Greene County Courthouse, 1 E Main St Bloomfield 47424
Lawrence County: 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 1-3:30 PM Family law only. Superior Court 1, Court Annex, 918 16th Street, Bedford 47421
Morgan County: 1st & 3rd Monday each month, 12 pm to 1 pm Family law +other areas; Morgan County courthouse, 10 E. Washington St., Martinsville 46151
Monroe County: Every Friday Family law: 10 AM – 12:30 PM Foreclosure, small claims, etc.: 1:30-3:00 PM Justice Building, 2nd Floor, 301 N. College Ave. Bloomington 47404
Owen County: 1st and 3rd Friday each month, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Family law only. Second Floor, Owen County Courthouse, 60 S Main St Spencer 47460
Putnam County: 1st Tuesday of each month, 5-7 pm, Family law + other areas, 1 Courthouse Square, Greencastle 46135
Vigo County: Coming Fall 2017!
Because walk-in traffic is variable, we can generally use anywhere from one to three attorneys for each session.
Extend Counsel in the Court or HELP-like project into neighboring counties.
If you are interested in setting up a walk-in clinic in a county we serve, but do not offer a clinic there yet, we will provide forms, know-how and other support.
Present at D10-sponsored Continuing Legal Education Seminars.
Every year, D10 hosts at least one continuing legal education seminars as a way to raise funds and recruit volunteer attorneys for our work. We need experienced attorneys to present and write materials on legal issues that are relevant to lower income people.
Mentor a new attorney on a case.
New attorneys love to volunteer but may feel leery of going it alone on a new type of case. If you have a knack for teaching or mentoring, this is a great way to be inspired by the energy of a new lawyer and share your years of experience. We are particularly in need of family law mentors.
How it works
To volunteer for any of the opportunities above, email us:
Pro Bono Administrator
Pro Bono Coordinator
You may also call at (812) 339-3610.
Wabash Valley Program Coordinator (Clay, Sullivan, Vigo Counties)
Our malpractice insurance
If you volunteer for a District 10 Pro Bono Project case or project, you can be covered by our malpractice insurance, either as a supplement to your own or as primary coverage. Please call (812) 339-3610 to find out details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.