Abrams: We Will Provide Value And Be Meaningful

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abrams-jeff-indybarI am embarking on the presidency of the Indianapolis Bar Association. I see my role as the manager of a phenomenal team willing to sacrifice their time to serve others and provide unique benefits to the public. It is my role to be sure that our outstanding staff at the IndyBar consisting of Julie, Kari, Mary Kay, Chris, Tara, Ashley, Caren, Natalie, Stephanie and Tabitha help you in your careers and implement the programs we have decided to provide the public. I was once told that you do not have to be the smartest person in the room, just be sure you surround yourself with smarter people. I have done that. The officers and board of directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association and chairs of the sections, committees, divisions and task forces will help me successfully achieve our goals for 2014.

Bar associations all over the country are changing and evolving. Many of them are slow to make changes and improve the services that they provide to its members. We have been at the forefront of embracing change and welcoming new and creative programs for the benefit of our members. The Indy Attorneys Network Section is a good example.

A couple of years ago, two young intellectual property/patent attorneys wanted to meet more Indianapolis lawyers since their scope of practice limited the attorneys they met. They brainstormed with other attorneys to determine that there was a need being underserved with our bar association. They put together a proposal to the Executive Committee of the IndyBar, which was overwhelmingly supported in its presentation to the board of directors. The board also saw the creativity and genius behind this new section to provide Indianapolis attorneys with an opportunity to meet other attorneys to help them grow individually, socially and professionally.

This section currently has in excess of 175 attorneys. Each attorney receives an email each month introducing them to another member of the section and encouraging them to meet. They have also had a couple events for the entire section where speakers were brought in a social setting to advance the personal growth of each of these attorneys. We are unaware of any other bar association that had this type of section or program, and its membership total after just its first full year is impressive.

I remember when I was first asked to get involved with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. I spent almost 25 years being a member of the IndyBar but participated in very few events. I always saw the organization primarily as a resource for litigators and the court system. I am a commercial real estate attorney, not a litigator.

Within the first couple of years of serving on the board of the IBF, a fellow officer referred me a case that was only partially related to real estate but primarily a litigation matter. He knew I would not be primarily involved in the case, but he trusted me to be sure the client was well taken care of.

Our firm received in excess of $100,000 in legal fees all as a result of my involvement with the IBF and getting to know this attorney. I was forever grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know this attorney better and for him to have referred this case to me, which I never would have seen had I not been involved. I hear other stories like this from many attorneys including those with whom I have sent cases and work as a result of their participation with the IBF and the IndyBar.

I have also gotten to know hundreds of attorneys, primarily in the litigation world, that I never would have gotten to know but for my involvement with the IBF and the IndyBar. I can honestly say that my life has been enriched by meeting these people and calling them friends. I do not know how anyone else could see it any other way if you get involved with the IndyBar and meet other lawyers.

We will endeavor to provide additional services and benefits for the members of the IndyBar so that each of you, if not currently members, will consider joining in 2014 and give us an opportunity to show that there is real value in being part of the IndyBar. Give us a chance. I know that we can make a difference for each of you and for the community that we serve.

One of my mentors enjoyed writing poetry for special occasions to express his thoughts. I have enjoyed honoring him by trying to provide some humorous and thoughtful prose that just happens to rhyme. So one unique aspect of my column will be for it to end with a poem.

It is my honor to serve as the president of the IndyBar.

If we have not yet met, I hope our paths cross and we meet someday.
Join the IndyBar and give us a chance to provide value during your working day.
I know we can be successful in helping you be a rising star and not lead you astray.
The IndyBar is here for you in everything that you may do.
So that the senior partner or employer gives you a glowing annual review!



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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.