NWI Volunteer Lawyers, Inc.

The "Access to Justice" Project for Lake, Porter, Jasper, & Newton Counties

About Us

If you are low income, have a civil (NOT criminal) legal problem, and can't afford a lawyer, we may be able to help you find a volunteer lawyer willing to assist you

Our Mission: 

To support Access to Justice for All by recruiting volunteer lawyers to provide legal information, advice, and representation in civil legal matters to low-income persons who are residents of Lake, Porter, Jasper, & Newton Counties. ( For information for other counties: Indiana Pro Bono Commission )

Our Services:

For Applicants: We screen for eligibility, provide immediate legal advice, information or referrals to other agencies, and, where appropriate, refer applicants to a volunteer attorney for further legal services - civil cases only. NOTE:  YOU MUST RESIDE IN LAKE, PORTER, JASPER, OR NEWTON COUNTY of Indiana.  If you do not, please ask for assistance from the legal aid or pro bono project that serves the county that you do live in. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our volunteer attorneys  cannot assist persons who are incarcerated.



For Attorney Volunteers: We offer low-cost CLE, links to mentors, and follow up with you on the progress of your case and the services that you donate.


Ways You Can Volunteer:

*Sign up to take a case

*Sign up to assist with the Lake Superior Court Room 3 pro se family law clinic

*Sign up for our annual Talk to a Lawyer Today event on the Martin Luther King Birthday Holiday each January

*Sign up to answer legal questions online: INLegalAnswers.org

*Coming Soon: pro se clinics to assist preparing filings for paternity cases in Lake Juvenile Court; pro se informational clinics for housing and consumer cases in Lake Superior Courts County Divisions 2 and 3.

To Volunteer: Click Here

Coming Events for Attorneys:

  • Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 
    •  8:45-4:30 pm, "Potpouri of Timely Topics - Just Law" - 4th Annual  Civil/Criminal Bench/Bar CLE and pro bono fund-raiser. Location: VU Harre Union.  Up to 7.0 CLE/NLC/3.0 Ethics/1.5 ADR/Mediation applied for. Topics include: Pro Bono Reporting & Other Ethics Updates;  Elder Law & Guardianships; Discovering DV issues in Mediations; Abuse of Civil Contempt; Upcoming changes in Indiana Motor Vehicle Law; Update on Indiana Criminal Code Changes; Local prosecutors on infraction deferral, pre-trial diversion and other developments; Public Defender Survival Kit; and special working lunch presentation by VU Law Dean Andrea Lyon: " Death Penalty Defense: Ethics, Tactics & 'Just People'";   Followed by VU Alumni Reception with VU Law Dean Andrea Lyon, 4:30 - 6:00 pm cash bar and appetizers.   For full schedule: Click Here   For more information and registration form:  Click Here
  • Friday, January 16, 2015: "Amazingly Interesting CLE for Attorneys With a Heart" - CLE for volunteers for Talk to a Lawyer. Location: Valparaiso University Harre Student Union.
  • Monday, January 19, 2015: "Talk to a Lawyer Today - Free", honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at sites to be announced.




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