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Times, they are changing. The leadership of the Indianapolis Bar Association has long made an effort to track change and respond to it through strategic planning.

In 1996 the Bar drafted its first three-year strategic plan and has continued that effort every three years since. It’s now time for attention to be given to the creation of the next plan.

The Bar’s strategic planning process involves formal and informal discussions with a variety of members and non-members. Indianapolis Bar Association President Chris Hickey recently appointed the Strategic Planning Committee to help guide the creation of the Bar’s plan.

It will be the responsibility of the committee utilizing information gathered by Bar staff in collaboration with various constituencies within the Bar to draft a plan for review by the Indianapolis Bar’s Board of Directors. The focus of that information is based upon assumptions about what practicing law in Indianapolis will be like 10 years from now. What will have changed? What will be valued? How can the organized bar help?

Accepting the invitation to assist in answering those questions are the following Strategic Plan Task Force members: Jeff Abrams, Kirstin Arthur, Reynold Berry, Jake Bradley, Scott Chinn, Vanessa Davis, Aaron Freeman, Suzanne Gaidoo, Mike Hebenstreit, John Kautzman, Tamara McMillian, Judge Tim Oakes, Colleen Powers, Lindsay Ramsey, Jason Reyome, Judge Marc Rothenberg, Eric Schmadeke, Mary Schmid, Judge Heather Welch, Bob York, and Brian Zoeller.

The task force will meet in mid-August and a draft plan is anticipated to be considered by the Board of Directors by its October meeting. The plan will include goals related to structure/governance, finances, and programs/services.•

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