The Lake County Bar Association and the Evansville Bar Association are both starting the 2018 by moving into new offices.
The new spaces are bigger, allowing for expanded programming and offering more room for attorneys to work or just relax between appointments, according to Debra White, executive director of the Lake County Bar Association and Susan Vollmer, executive director of the Evansville Bar Association. Both offices were completely refurbished and designed especially for the bar associations’ needs.
The Lake County organization will be moving Jan. 30 a few blocks from its current location to 1078 W. 84th Drive. In a building that formerly housed a fitness center, the bar association will have such amenities as ample parking, a full kitchen and a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 100 people. It features a large video screen for continuing legal education presentations and video replays.
Also, new IT equipment has been installed so bar members will have free high-speed internet access with a state-of-the-art-firewall security. White said attorneys will have space in the new location to meet with clients or take depositions.
The Evansville Bar Association moved just before the holidays into the Curtis Building at 915 Main St., Suite 108, about a half-mile from its former address. Within walking distance of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Civic Center and the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, the new office offers a lounge area with comfortable seating, work rooms and a small conference for attorneys to use between court appearances and to meet with clients.
A large open room will enable the bar association to host more CLEs in-house without requiring some attorneys to stand or having to turn away others. Also, the Curtis Building, built in 1908 as a wholesale grocery warehouse, includes a restaurant that is housed in a train caboose attached to the structure.
Both bar associations chose subdued color schemes. Lake County opted for rustic hues in its new office, incorporating primarily dark hardwood and a taupe color. Evansville relied on black and gray palate with orange-red accents.
Neither association will be adding staff, but the new buildings give the employees their own offices. No longer will the executive directors have to share their offices with the conference room.
To show off their new spaces, both bar associations are planning special events.
The Evansville Bar Association will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25.
The Lake County Bar Association and the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association will be presenting a free showing of the 2017 movie “Marshall,” about the early career of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, followed by a panel discussion. The event will start at 4 p.m. Feb. 27.