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. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.