Court gives money to help Ind. lawyers repay loans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Indiana Supreme Court is trying to raise money for a program that helps law school graduates who work with low-income families.

The court has transferred $25,000 to the Indiana Bar Foundation's Loan Repayment Assistance Program for Indiana. The court will also match money raised by the foundation for the program.

The assistance program helps law school graduates who work with civil legal aid groups repay their loans. Such lawyers often have low income and high debt from law school.

Officials say that without help from the program, some attorneys would be forced to leave low-paying nonprofit agencies that help the poor. Chief Justice Randall Shepard says legal aid organizations need to retain qualified and passionate attorneys.

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