For Legal Professionals
Legal Aid provides opportunities for attorneys licensed in Indiana to provide free legal representation in civil cases to persons of limited resources. Model Rule 6.1 encourages attorneys to aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono public legal services per year.
Legal Aid offers the following:
Malpractice insurance for referred cases.
Prescreening of potential clients for eligibility.
Assistance with tracking the hours spent on pro bono cases to meet Model Rule 6.7 reporting requirements.
There are other ways to do pro bono work than legal representation! We are always looking for assistance with community education, and with legal clinics. Legal Aid collaborates with several community organizations to share legal knowledge and education with programs and program participants.
Legal Aid hosts clinics in-person and over the phone several times a month. During clinics, free legal consultations are provided to low-income individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney. Individuals receive a 10-minute consultation and answers to general questions on civil matters. The client-attorney relationship ends after the advice is given and does not impact conflict checks. Malpractice insurance is provided by Pro Bono Indiana Inc. This can be a great source of pro bono hours, which are reportable on the annual Indiana Supreme Court attorney registration