For the past few years, Doxpop has participated in the fundraising efforts of the Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission by providing up to $5,000 in matching funds to encourage our local community members to donate to the Commission. This year, the Wayne County community made us proud by making over $11,000 in donations during the Commission's fundraising drive in December.
Kudos to the many people who stepped up to meet the needs of those in our community who cannot afford to pay for legal representation in civil matters.
The Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission is a privately funded group that fills a gap in the State-funded pro bono districts. Currently, the Indiana Pro Bono Commission divides the State into 12 districts that receive a combination of public funds and IOLTA funds from the Bar Association.
Unfortunately, Wayne County falls in the northernmost end of "District J", which is served by an office located in Lawrenceburg. This is a drive of 60 miles for the typical Wayne County resident. We believe it is unlikely that a person who cannot afford to hire legal counsel will also be able to take time from his or her job and drive for an hour to seek help. Hence the need for this locally-focused legal service organization to fill the gap.
No mention of pro bono work in Wayne County would be complete without a moment to remember and appreciate Robert Maley, who for decades led our local community's effort to serve those who could not afford to hire counsel. Robert Maley's legacy continues to inspire many, including us here at Doxpop.
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