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IndyBar Unveils Attorney Apprentice Program

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A common concern is routinely heard in the bar, from recently graduated law students and seasoned practitioners alike: “They don’t teach you how to actually be a lawyer in law school.”

While law schools increasingly focus their efforts on addressing this widespread concern, creating new curriculum or developing externship programs, the IndyBar’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force has taken a proactive approach to provide guidance and training to newer attorneys with the creation of the Attorney Apprentice Program. The program will also be available to those looking to expand their practice.

“In the current economic climate, many attorneys have been unable to gain necessary experience or find long-term employment. Many law firms also lack the time and resources to provide in-depth skills training to their attorneys,” says Rebecca Geyer, a member of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force. “The Attorney Apprentice Program is designed to bridge this gap by providing substantive knowledge and practical experience to new and less experienced attorneys to accelerate the learning curve and personal growth of participants.”

The program features a core curriculum aimed at developing attorney business and marketing skills as well as substantive programming in a legal track of the participant’s choice–Civil Litigation, Transactional Practice, or Criminal Practice and Procedure. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion of the program.

Participants in the program will select their preferred track, each of which will feature four separate sessions. These sessions each include a practice component incorporating the tell/show/do model, giving participants the opportunity to apply their newly-acquired knowledge on case studies, sample documents, and more.

Following the conclusion of the substantive tracks, participants will gather together for the four-hour core curriculum session, which is dedicated to business development and practice management, meant to help participants understand the business side of the legal profession.

General continuing legal education credit will be available for the substantive sessions, with the core curriculum wrap-up session offering non-legal subject matter credit.

The Attorney Apprentice Program will kick off in March, with the substantive tracks held weekly through early April. Visit www.indybar.org for more information on the program, including online registration.•

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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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