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
  • bankruptcy
  • 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!

Work in-house.

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 walk-in clinic.

Counsel in the Court
Counsel in the Court needs family law attorneys to meet with and draft pleadings for pro se family law litigants in Monroe County. It meets every Friday from 10 am to 1 pm:

Monroe County Justice Building
301 N. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47407

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.

Unfortunately, all of our walk-in clinics are located in Bloomington, and some, like Counsel in the Court, are restricted to Monroe County litigants. Great need for similar projects exists in Greene, Lawrence and Owen Counties, but because D10 experienced funding cuts of 46% in 2011, we do not have the funding to pay for mileage or personnel for such projects. If you are interested in setting up a walk-in clinic in one or all of these counties, 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:

Diane Walker
Pro Bono Administrator
dist10probono@gmail.com

Adrian Polit
Pro Bono Coordinator
dist10probono3@gmail.com

You may also call at (812) 339-3610.

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 dist10probono@gmail.com.