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IBA: Give Yourself the Gift of Associating

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In this fast-paced, instant message world of ours, resources like the Indianapolis Bar Association are a must. With all its benefits, no Indianapolis area practitioner should be without an IndyBar membership. If you are not a member or have not yet renewed your IndyBar membership for 2011, now is the time. E-mail iba@indybar.org to find out how you can stay connected with the IndyBar.

Why should you join or renew? Because it pays to associate.

Networking. Yes, our lives are more productive with this phone app and that search engine. But personal relationships are still the key. “The availability of vast networking opportunities is probably the most compelling benefit of an IndyBar membership,” said Christine H. Hickey, IndyBar President and past chair of its Membership Committee. “The networking opportunities the Bar offers will not only help you build or expand your law practice, but they also are a lot of fun.”

Build your practice. Networking, however, is just one IndyBar member benefit that can help you build or expand your practice. Another is the Lawyer Referral Service; for a low $250 annual fee, IndyBar members may join a panel of attorneys who receive pre-screened referrals from the Lawyer Referral Service.

The LRS staff fields and screens thousands of potential referrals each month. The result: LRS members obtain quality client referrals with very little investment, giving them time to focus on what they know best — practicing law! Although the LRS membership is limited to IndyBar members, there is not a better dollar-for-dollar marketing investment for lawyers, even adding in the additional (but very reasonable) dues to join the Indianapolis Bar.

Between the networking opportunities and the LRS, membership in the IndyBar makes perfect business sense. If these opportunities are not enough, however, consider these additional member benefits:

Continuing Legal Education. IBA members receive a 50% discount to all Indianapolis Bar CLE seminars and have the opportunity to attend free brown-bag seminars.

Legal Forms. Practice forms may be downloaded free of charge by our members at the Bar’s Web site, www.indybar.org; just log in to the members are — a valuable resource for most practitioners.

Publications. The complimentary subscription to Indiana Lawyer and the weekly Ebulletin help our members stay in touch with legal news and events.

Pro Bono Opportunities. The IndyBar provides pro bono opportunities for its members so that volunteering is easy, fulfilling and fun.

Sections, Divisions and Committees. The IndyBar has sections, committees and divisions covering just about every area of law. For a nominal fee, IndyBar members may join and network with attorneys who share the same interests or practice area.

More than anything, however, the IndyBar works hard to serve its members. If there is an issue that concerns you as an Indianapolis attorney, chances are the IndyBar is working on it. From attempting to make every IndyBar event timely and meaningful, to initiatives surrounding image enhancement, to taking a leadership position on issues affecting all areas of practice the IndyBar always puts the needs of its members first.

Membership applications are available at www.indybar.org – or e-mail iba@indybar.org to renew. Tell a friend that it pays to associate.•

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