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"We're thrilled to be able to make this our new home," said Chuck Dunlap, executive director of the foundation.
ILAS is now housed in the English Building but has outgrown its current space. The number of people coming for free legal assistance often overflows from the waiting room into the hallway. Dunlap called the opportunity to share space a "minor miracle" because so many things had to align. About a year ago the foundation decided to sell the property because, as Dunlap explained, being a landlord fell outside of the organization's mission.
Chuck Dunlap, executive director of the foundation, said the Supreme Court hasn't yet decided on the exact distribution, but the foundation asked for $14 to $16 of each $35 increase in the active attorney registration fee.
He said the program might have ceased to exist without an infusion of revenue. The Indiana Pro Bono Commission funds its programs largely from interest on lawyer trust account revenue, but the collapse in interest rates in recent years led to a funding drought. "It's been devastating not just in Indiana, but nationally," Dunlap said. Dunlap said the districts split about $750,000 last year, substantially less than half the money they received in the peak year of 2009. Since then, the foundation has been funding programs largely from more than $2 million in reserves accrued in better economic times. "The reserve is just about to be exhausted," he said. The money the foundation receives from registration fees should raise $300,000 to $350,000 annually for pro bono districts, Dunlap said. Coupled with a $1 filing fee increase passed by the General Assembly in 2012, the money will keep funding close to the current level. "We're trying to keep it alive, essentially," Dunlap said. Dunlap said other states that have relied on IOLTA to fund pro bono work have turned to registration fees to bridge the gap.
"We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation from the DAR," said Charles R. Dunlap, executive director of the foundation.
William Tell sixth graders who participated in the We the People program are, in front, Ryan Morgan, Maryann Miller, Jenna Harris, Executive Director Charles Dunlap, Teacher Kevin Rhodes, First Lady Keren Pence, Chloe Carman, Alexis Lucas, Kenzie Burgess, Josh Gaynor, Tyler Bailey, Chase Beckort, Elliot Reed and Gabe Wood. In the back are Elizabeth Kehl, Grace Kreilein, Spencer Fest, Maison Gehlhausen, Lance Gardner, Tretter Lyons, Trent Arnold, Rafe Swihart, Will Simpson, Devon Casebolt, Nate Kaiser, Kassye Harper, Elizabeth Whitworth, Colby Thomas and Cody Waninger.
William Tell sixth graders who participated in the We the People program are, in front, Ryan Morgan, Maryann Miller, Jenna Harris, Executive Director Charles Dunlap, Teacher Kevin Rhodes, First Lady Keren Pence, Chloe Carman, Alexis Lucas, Kenzie Burgess, Josh Gaynor, Tyler Bailey, Chase Beckort, Elliot Reed and Gabe Wood.
"We hope Tim's generous leadership gift will inspire other attorneys to match his giving and propel this campaign forward," Chuck Dunlap, IBF executive director, said in a statement.