IBA: Building a Network for New Attorneys

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Many say the first year of practice is the most stressful of any lawyer’s career. Those that have been there know years two through five aren’t much easier. Working to build a career and create a positive professional reputation in this big, small town becomes much less stressful when you realize you’re not the only one. Sharing experiences, gaining access to information, and learning the grass isn’t greener on the other side is the greatest benefit of stepping out of your comfort zone and utilizing young lawyer membership in the Indianapolis Bar.

This big town becomes small when you network. However, to network you have to be in the room. Think you’ll be the only person in the room that doesn’t know anyone? Hardly. Consider taking advantage of some of these special offerings for young lawyers, and see how quickly your network grows.

Bar Leader Series...The Indianapolis Bar Association’s fast-track Bar Leader Series can help you make the most of your innate talents and develop your leadership skills. Attend this program and you will learn what it means to be a leader and succeed not only in your law career but also in service to professional, political, judicial, civic and community organizations. Any Indianapolis Bar Association attorney member who will be in her or his 3rd to 10th year of practice is encouraged to apply.

Young Lawyers Division…IBA attorney members with less than five years of practice or under the age of 36 are eligible to participate in the Young Lawyers Division, which provides relevant continuing legal education opportunities, quarterly social gatherings, Go Green activities, and public service programs.

Lawyer Referral Service...the Indianapolis Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service is the most affordable practice development tool in the city. For only $175 Indianapolis Bar attorney members in their first three years of practice may add the Lawyer Referral Service to their membership and gain access to the over 18,000 referrals made by Bar staff each year to potential clients seeking an attorney.

Applied Professionalism Course... this is a six-hour course that the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education requires is offered twice a year by the Indianapolis Bar for attorneys in their first three years of practice. The course is held each spring and fall; registration is open for the Friday, October 29, 2010 full-day seminar at

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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.