A group of Indianapolis-area attorneys are restarting a decades-old tradition of camaraderie and competition by reviving a local lawyers’ basketball league.
Begun in the 1980s and active until about three years ago, the lawyers’ basketball league provides an opportunity for local legal professionals to get to know each other outside of the office or the courtroom, said Lee Christie, a partner at Cline Farrell Christie & Lee who is organizing the league. Christie is working with Ian Goodman, an associate with Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer, LLP, to revive the basketball league.
Right now, six teams from Indianapolis law firms have committed to joining the league, Christie said. The goal is for 10 to 12 teams to join, with 10 to 12 players on each team’s roster. In addition to lawyers, Christie said the league is also open to law students.
The teams will begin playing in mid-to-late November at the Indianapolis Basketball Academy, 3800 Bauer Drive West, Indianapolis. Games will be played on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings at 8 or 9 p.m. Traditionally, the league has played from mid-November through February, with time off for the holidays and a tournament to close the season, Christie said.
The entry fee will vary depending on how many teams join the league, but will likely be around $1,000 per team. That covers the cost of the entry fee, referees and 10 to 12 games.
Though competition is an integral part of the league’s purpose, Christie said the main goal is building relationships among attorneys outside of a professional setting.
“We try to stress that it’s not about who wins the league,” he said. “It’s the ability and the chance to meet with and interact with other attorneys.”