Abrams: Compliments are Easy to Accept

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jeff abrams ibaSeveral of the IndyBar executive team recently attended the American Bar Association Mid-Year Conference where we spent time with other bar association executive officers and professionals to exchange ideas about different programs and what is working or not working in our communities and states.

We learned of one association providing matches for senior attorneys desiring to retire and new attorneys looking for a mentor and a career. We learned of the challenges of mandatory bars where the state Supreme Court has ruled they cannot continue to operate in the manner they have operated for many, many years. We learned how some associations are working hard to find value for the attorneys in large national and regional firms. Stay tuned for updates on that message.

One thing that we constantly hear from other organizations is how forward thinking and progressive the IndyBar is compared to other bar associations in the country. We received requests from other bar execs for their officers to spend time with us and “pick our brains” on how to successfully manage and operate a bar association.

There is only one reason why we consistently have these requests made of us. I would like to think it is unequivocally the result of outstanding past presidents and board members, including household names in our Indianapolis market such as Phil Isenbarger, Jim Voyles, Scott Chinn, Chris Hickey, John Maley, the list is endless (if your name is not here, it is because I let someone else pick the names to be included). However, I do not believe there is any question that the success of our organization can be primarily attributed to Julie Armstrong, our Executive Director, and the outstanding staff that works with her.

For some of the more experienced attorneys, many of you knew Rosie Felton, Julie’s predecessor and mentor. Julie has managed to inherit many of the great skills that Rosie had in operating the association while also developing her own unique skill set to further herself and our association. All of the staff at the IndyBar have been able to provide some key piece of the puzzle to make our association a national monument to so many of the other state and local bar associations.

Please take the time to stop by our IndyBar office at 135 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 1500 to say hello to our staff and let them know how much you appreciate all the great work that they do. We cannot provide them with enough accolades to really let them know how much we appreciate their time and effort.•

Compliments are easy to provide when the staff is great.

Julie and her team are nothing short of first rate.

They manage 100s of programs and 1,000s of different opinions.

Sometimes it seems it might be easier to slice a couple onions.

Staff’s creativity is known throughout the Bar land.

Their programs and ideas are beyond the grandest of grand.

They never come to a meeting without a well-developed plan.

To enable our bar members more time to hit the beach or golf course and work on their tan.


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues