The Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates has approved a resolution urging the Indiana Supreme Court to require one hour each of diversity and inclusion and mental health and substance abuse CLE training every three years, a proposal that prompted an impassioned debate during the House of Delegates’ annual meeting.
The Indiana State Bar Association is working to attract members and keep them engaged in professional and community activities. The challenge: attorneys in the middle and late stages of their career might be comfortable with the way things have always been, but younger lawyers are pushing the need for a new way to do business.
A couple of years into his practice at Kightlinger & Gray, a senior partner at the firm gave J. Todd Spurgeon a simple directive: “You are going to get involved in the bar association.” The rest, as they say, is history: Spurgeon’s now the incoming president of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Lawyers soon could be required to earn continuing legal education credits in diversity and inclusion and mental health and wellness under a proposal the Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates will consider next month. It’s one of two resolutions delegates will consider.
The National Association of IOLTA Programs grew up with nurturing care from the American Bar Association, but now, at 32 years of age, the nonprofit is having to become more responsible for its own needs as the ABA undergoes a major restructuring.
Indiana law students, recent graduates and new attorneys, and paralegals are invited to further the discourse on legal ethics by participating in the Indiana State Bar Association’s legal ethics essay contest. The deadline for entry is Aug. 3.