Mike Commons, the Foundations new Indiana Legal Help Manager, has dedicated his distinguished career focused on helping families and the court system. Mike was the first court-based mediator for the Marion County, Superior Court, Juvenile Division, mediating more than one-thousand CHINS cases. The father of two teenage boys spent eight years working for the Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Court Services. In this role, he acted as a family law and Alternative Dispute Resolution subject matter expert and advised and staffed various judicial and multi-branch interdisciplinary governmental committees. Through this work, he provided direct support for trial court judges around Indiana. "I look forward to continuing the hard work of the Foundation and its partners in expanding functional access to courts and the legal system," Mike said.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, minoring in Psychology and majoring in History, and was awarded a 2000 History Scholar Award. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds a Certificate in Information Sharing from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Mike is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section. He served as Chair of the Family Law Section in 2016, and currently serves as Chair of the ADR section in 2022. He graduated from the Indianapolis Bar Association's Bar Leader Series, Class XII, in 2015. He maintains professional membership in the Indiana State Bar Association Juvenile and Family Law Section as well as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section where he was a member of the ADR Council.
He and wife Christy just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.