Firms, attorneys invited to join Indy lawyers softball league

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Budding leaves and longer days are an invitation to spend more time outside. For Indianapolis legal professionals, that time can be spent playing on an attorneys’ softball league.

This year, the Lawyers’ League is celebrating the 50th summer softball season for area attorneys and their staff, Jacob Darling, marketing manager at Riley Bennett Egloff LLP, said. At one point in the 1980s, the league had more than 30 teams.

Although interest in the league has ebbed and flowed over the years, a handful of teams have remained steadfast.

Last year, four teams made it out to the diamond for friendly competition among firms. Those teams — the Pokers, B8Zims, Coots Henke and Riley Bennett Egloff — are committed to playing again this year, and they are looking for other teams to join them.

“Despite the pandemic, we continued to play,” Darling said. “Being a former baseball player, it is refreshing to get back on the field under the lights and have some fun with the people you work with.”

Games will take place on Thursday evenings at the Chuck Klein Softball Complex — 4702 Rockville Road in Indianapolis — beginning June 2. The season ends Aug. 31.

Members of the Riley Bennett Egloff softball team pose on the diamond. (Photo courtesy of Riley Bennett Egloff LLP)

The slow-pitch softball league is coed and great for camaraderie, Darling said.

At least half of each team should be made up of lawyers, law clerks or law students. Other legal professionals are also welcome to join.

Teams can stem from a single law firm or a group of individuals, while individual players can be added to the rosters. Each team costs $650, Darling said, and the cost depends on the number of teams signed up.

There’s no limit to the number of players that can join a team, but 10 players are on the field at once, Darling said. For a game to begin, teams must have at least eight players present.

Law firms or individuals interested in putting a team together can contact Don Smith no later than May 11 at [email protected].

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