July 8, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — An Indiana Supreme Court program designed to train judges, attorneys and mediators on how to help homeowners facing foreclosure will be held in Fort Wayne on July 8th. “Back Home In Indiana—Guiding Homeowners Through Foreclosure” is part of a campaign to stem the foreclosure crisis.
The session includes a taped program and classroom instruction specially designed to educate lawyers and mediators about new loan modification programs and mediation opportunities. The training session is sponsored by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education, the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, District Three Pro Bono and the Indiana Supreme Court. Media interested in attending should contact the local plan administration for District 3, Judy Whitelock, at 260-407-0917 or judy (at) volunteerlawyerneindiana (dot) com.
The “Back Home In Indiana—Guiding Homeowners Through Foreclosure” session is part of a campaign announced by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. In January, Chief Justice Shepard pledged to train more judges, mediators and lawyers than any other state on how to deal with foreclosure cases.
The campaign includes an effort to provide free legal help to homeowners in need of assistance. Pro bono representation is being encouraged by Chief Justice Shepard who explained, “We have very talented and generous attorneys in our state who are interested in helping people get on the road to recovery. Facing the stress and financial burden of foreclosure is not something we want people to do alone. We are recruiting volunteer attorneys to help people who are in need of assistance.”
The massive training effort began in March and continues with sessions scheduled in the following counties: Allen, Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Decatur, Elkhart, Floyd, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lake, Marion, Monroe, Orange, Ripley, Saint Joseph, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Wayne.
Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman is leading the statewide effort to ward off the housing meltdown through the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network. Chief Justice Shepard has pledged the support of the judicial branch as trial courts have seen about a 50% increase in the number of foreclosure cases filed in the past five years. Sorting out which of those cases should be eligible for loan modification and those where it is not possible takes knowledge, skill, commitment and compassion. The Indiana Supreme Court is dedicated to helping courts across the state as they deal with the influx of foreclosure cases. In doing so, the Court hopes to help homeowners and play a role in bringing about economic recovery. For more information about the sessions visit http://courts.IN.gov/home.
Contact: Kathryn Dolan