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Indiana Legal Services head announces retirement

– One of the nation’s longest serving directors of a legal aid organization has announced he’s retiring from Indiana Legal Services next March 31.

Norman Metzger has been the executive director of the not-for-profit law firm for 44 years. Since his appointment in 1970, the Larwill native expanded Indiana Legal Services from operating only in Marion County to the largest poverty law firm in the state, serving clients in all 92 counties from eight regional offices. The expansion included mergers with legal aid organizations in northwestern and northern Indiana.

Metzger also helped pioneer special legal services in poverty law by assigning experienced attorneys to focus on recurring legal issues such as housing, health care, immigration, seniors and those affecting homeless people and military veterans.