Indiana Legal Services (ILS)


Established 1966. Nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal services statewide from 10 offices, including a Senior Law Project.
Indiana Legal Servcies website

Primary geographic focus: Indiana
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: ILS
Lists: LSC, LawHelp

Indiana Legal Services (ILS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the state of Indiana. ILS helps clients who are faced with legal problems that harm their ability to have such basics as food, shelter, income, medical care or personal safety. Most of the cases ILS handles are cases such as family law where there is domestic violence, housing, consumer law, access to health care, and access to government benefits. ILS does not handle any criminal matters.

ILS was established in 1966, and today we serve clients in every county in Indiana. (To see which of our offices serves the various counties, click here.) We have 51 attorneys and numerous other staff members working in offices around the state. ILS has several specialized projects to address the needs of particular client communities, including the Senior Law Project, the Homeless Legal Project, the Immigrants and Language Rights Center, the Consumer Law Center, and the Housing Law Center. ILS is governed by a Board of Directors which includes private attorneys throughout the state of Indiana and low-income people who are eligible for services at ILS.



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News Story

Free legal aid program changing lives, but future funding uncertain

Tim Evans
Indianapolis Star
May 29, 2015
Story about the benefit of the Consumer Advocacy Project in Marion County, Indiana.

News Story

Rep. Susan Brooks helps put spotlight on civil legal aid

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
December 2, 2015
Civil legal aid providers got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of the formation of a Civil Legal Services Caucus in the U.S. Congress.

Op-Ed

Remove barriers to ex-offenders’ re-entry into society

Jon Laramore
April 29, 2016
Removing barriers to ex-offenders is good for everyone.

News Story

Veterans trade in military life to become legal aid attorneys

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
May 18, 2016
Pollem is among a trio of Indianapolis attorneys who left the military as officers, went to law school and have since found their way into legal aid.

News Story

Nonprofit Hospital Stops Suing So Many Poor Patients: Will Others Follow?

Paul Kiel, Chris Arnold
ProPublica, National Public Radio (NPR)
June 1, 2016
A story by ProPublica and NPR and a Senate investigation prompt a Missouri nonprofit hospital to change its policies and forgive thousands of patients’ debts. But without similar scrutiny, it’s unclear if other hospitals that sue the poor will change.

News Story

ILS collaborates with East Chicago Housing Authority to help young adults

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
June 1, 2016
Starting this summer, Indiana Legal Services will partner with the East Chicago Housing Authority to help local youths who have criminal records overcome the barriers to jobs, housing and education.

News Story

Finding funds to support Indiana legal aid

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
September 7, 2016
Whitewater Valley is like many legal aid providers across the state. These offices tended to rely on one main source of funding to cover the bulk of their budgets but in recent years, those sources have cut back and curtailed the donations and gifts.

News Story

IN’s Medicaid Model Could Spread—But It’s Not Working For Everyone

Jake Harper
Indiana Public Media
January 11, 2017
Expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income Americans was a major component of the Affordable Care Act. Verma added a conservative twist: a requirement to pay into the system. Legal and health care advocates say that requirement is causing problems.

News Story

New initiatives to combat domestic violence/sexual assault begin in Indy

Mercadees Hempel
NUVO.net (IL)
February 2, 2017
The expansion, called the Eskenazi Health Medical-Legal Partnership, will provide legal support to domestic violence and sexual assault victims onsite.

News Story

Legal aid funding cut from Trump budget

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
March 16, 2017
Rep. Susan Brooks, the Indianapolis Republican who co-founded the Access to Legal Services Caucus in Congress in 2015, is advocating for LSC funding to be retained.

News Story

Legal aid service fears Trump budget slashing

Javonte Anderson
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2017
If ILS sustains budget cuts it would have a direct impact on the low-income citizens in Northwest Indiana, officials said.

News Story

Disabled woman fights state, worries vulnerable Hoosiers could be denied benefits

Jill Glavan
WTTV (Indianapolis)
April 5, 2017
For nearly 50 years, Kayla Pollaro's brain has put up fences around her life. She lives alone, can't drive, and sometimes, can't even function.

News Story

As ILS celebrates 50 years, it prepares for a changing future

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
April 19, 2017
Looking ahead to the next 50 years, Indiana Legal Services Inc. is certain one thing will remain constant — the need for legal assistance among low-income individuals.

Column

Free legal help —​ and $18,400 more saved

Tim Evans
Indianapolis Star
May 1, 2017
IndyStar Call for Action volunteers have been busy in the past month, opening 65 new cases while clawing back more than $18,400 for 18 Hoosiers who reached out for free help resolving consumer disputes.

Op-Ed

Civil legal aid good for business and poor

Jon Laramore
Indianapolis Business Journal
May 20, 2017
President Trump's budget seeks to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation. The impact inevitably will be felt most heavily in rural areas, which are the most costly to serve. But it ultimately will be felt by business owners across Indiana as well.

News Story

Trump budget hits legal aid and public service sectors

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
May 24, 2017
Conversely, the LSC is confident Congress would continue to allocate funding as it has for the last 42 years.

News Story

Indiana Legal Services’ pilot project offers on-the-spot help to small claims defendants

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
June 28, 2017
Both staff attorneys at Indiana Legal Services Inc., helped that day as part of the legal aid organization’s summer pilot program.

News Story

Medical-legal partnership launched in northwest Indiana

Indiana Lawyer
October 20, 2017
ILS is working with HealthLinc to provide no-cost, civil legal aid to patients who need legal assistance for matters related to their health.

News Story

Legal aid funding included in budget deal

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
February 9, 2018
LSC’s funding will stay at the 2017 level of $385 million until Congress finishes the appropriations process that will determine the balance of funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.

News Story

Amid another call for defunding, LSC asking for an increase

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
February 20, 2018
LSC leaders are confident of continued support from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill but the organization is asking for more money even though it may still get a funding cut in fiscal year 2018.

News Story

Village Green residents are moving out, or looking for legal help, after utility fight

Ed Semmler, Joseph Dits
South Bend Tribune
March 17, 2018
Mishawaka and owners to discuss utilities.

News Story

This overlooked aspect of opioid recovery has become a focus for health centers

Amanda Michelle Gomez
ThinkProgress
April 11, 2018
Medical-legal partnerships are an alternative to Trump's rigid law and order approach.

Op-Ed

Opioid recovery teams benefit from the addition of lawyers

Gregory Singleton, Jay Chaudhary
STAT
May 29, 2018
One important lesson we have learned in treating people with substance use disorders is that we can’t just rely on an excellent clinical team — we also need lawyers to help address critical social issues that arise for our patients during recovery.

News Story

Indiana’s second chance law helps thousands wipe out criminal past

Rick Yencer
Muncie (Indiana) Free Press
December 13, 2014
Under Indiana's new second chance law, Kevin Carter got his criminal record expunged and found work.



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