ISU Students research civil courts


Some Indiana State University students found themselves in a courtroom this summer as part of a summer research project.

It’s a case of placing yourself in someone else’s shoes. Students experienced first hand what it’s like being in civil court as someone with little to no understanding or resources. Such as being unable to speak English or not being able to afford an attorney and other issues.

For more than two months the group reviewed legal reports and studies to sitting in on real civil court proceedings. It’s part of an effort to increase access to civil justice for low-income litigants.

We hope that with the studies that we found, that we are able to spark some kind of discussion. We’ve kind of started to right now, to be able to provide legal assistance that’s more available for people in Terre Haute, a lot of the assistance is in Bloomington or Evansville, we just want to bring it closer to home,” Kirk Moore said.

The students’ research from this project has even gained attention from the local legal community.

The group has been invited to present their findings at a meeting for the Indiana pro bono commission in September. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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