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IndyBar Attorney Apprentice Program

Continuing Legal Education

March 6, 2013 - April 19, 2013 Wednesday - Friday

The Attorney Apprentice Program is designed to provide substantive knowledge and practical experience to new and less experienced attorneys. Designed to bridge the “knowing-doing gap” often experienced by new practitioners, the program includes practice and role play to accelerate the learning curve and personal growth of participants.

The Attorney Apprentice 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. Substantive programming includes 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.

Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion of the program.

Scholarships are available for this program. Click here to access the scholarship application. A $50 registration fee is required at time of application submission (select the "scholarship applicant" fee option below). If you do not receive a scholarship and are unable to pay the remaining registration balance, the $50 fee will be refunded. Thank you to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation for this generous support.

Program Dates
All participants will attend the Core Curriculum & Program Wrap-Up on April 19,  from 1 to 4 p.m.
Each participant will select a substantive law track. To add an additional track to your registration for $200, contact

  • Civil Litigation Track: March 8 (noon to 4 p.m.), March 21 (1 to 4 p.m.), April 5 (1 to 4 p.m.)
  • Transactional Practice Track: March 6 (noon to 4 p.m.), March 22 (1 to 4 p.m.), April 12 (1 to 4 p.m.)
  • Criminal Practice & Procedure: March 7 (noon to 4 p.m.), March 28 (1 to 4 p.m.) , April 11 (1 to 4 p.m.)

Session Descriptions
Core Curriculum (April 19, 1 to 4 p.m.)
All participants, regardless of track selection, attend the Core Curriculum program.

  • Practice Management and Efficiencies: Learn the ins and outs of working in a legal practice, regardless of the size of your firm. This panel will address such issues as understanding your role within the firm, prioritization of work among attorneys, effective use of an assistant, time management, and communications between the attorney and his or her clients, colleagues, and opposing counsel.
  • Face-to-Face Networking Skills in a Facebook World: Focus Yourself, Focus Your Skills, Focus on Your Partner. Develop effective networking and communication skills to market yourself to prospective clients and referral sources. Participants will participate in a mock networking event.
  • Indiana Trial Rules and Procedures: Learn the basics of Indiana Trial Rules and Procedures including appearance forms, types of motions, where to file, local rules of court and more.

Civil Litigation

  • Beginning the Client Relationship (March 8, noon–1 p.m.): This session will focus on initial client interviews and include such topics as client intake, vetting the client, managing client expectations, engagement letters, and common ethical issues with litigation clients. Sample documents will be provided.
  • Motions 101 (March 8, 1 to 4 p.m.): Learn the most common types of motions in a civil litigation practice from pre-trial motions to dispositive relief.
  • Written Discovery and Depositions (March 21, 1 to 4 p.m.): Learn the skills you need to effectively draft and respond to Requests for Production of Documents and Interrogatories and the ins and outs of conducting and defending a deposition. Participants will work on sample discovery and learn how to effectively use discovery in a deposition.
  • Negotiation Tactics and Alternative Dispute Resolution (April 10, 1 to 4 p.m.)– More and more civil litigation ends in mediation and settlement. Learn effective negotiation tactics to resolve your client’s dispute as well as the basics of a good settlement agreement.

Transactional Practice

  • Beginning the Client Relationship (March 6, Noon to 1 p.m.): This session will focus on initial client interviews and include such topics as client intake, managing client expectations, engagement letters, and common ethical issues with transaction-based practices. Sample documents will be provided.
  • Estate Planning 101 (March 6, 1 to 4 p.m.): Learn the basics of developing a good estate plan for clients including disability and death planning. Participants will be walked through sample estate planning forms and provisions including intake forms, wills, powers of attorney, and health care documents. This session will include a mock client interview and forms drafting.
  • Contract Drafting (March 22, 1 to 4 p.m.): Contracts are the foundation of a transactional practice. Participants will learn the core components of a contract through review of a business purchase agreement and participate in a contract negotiation session.
  • Real Estate Transactions (April 12, 1 to 4 p.m.): This program will feature an in-depth look at the key documents in a real estate transaction from purchase agreement to settlement statement.

Criminal Practice & Procedure

  • Beginning the Client Relationship (March 7, Noon to 1 p.m.): This session will focus on initial client interviews and include such topics as client intake, managing client expectations, engagement letters, and common ethical issues in criminal practice. Sample documents will be provided.
  • Appropriate Argument Before the Court (March 7, 1 to 4 p.m.): This session will discuss help develop competent court skills at all stages of a criminal case including initial hearings, opening statements, bond review hearings, and trial. Participants will learn how to craft succinct and effective opening statements.
  • Conducting and Defending Depositions (March 28, 1 to 4 p.m.): Learn how to effectively conduct and defend criminal depositions and how to make the most of deposition testimony at trial. This session will provide deposition practice for participants.
  • Plea Agreements, Sentencing and Appeals (April 11, 1 to 4 p.m.): Learn the ins and outs of plea agreements, Indiana sentencing guidelines, and criminal appeals.

IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 1500
Credit Hours
13.00   (10 General Credits, 3 Non-Legal Subject Matter Credits)
IndyBar Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force
Faculty will include: Hon. Heather Welch, Marion Superior Court; Darren Bedwell, Marion County Public Defender Agency; Jim Comerford, Marion County Public Defender Agency; Anne Cowgur, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Stephanie Cassman, Lewis Wagner LLP; Casey Cloyd, Attorney at Law; Greg Duncan, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Elisabeth Edwards, Wanzer Edwards PC; Rebecca Geyer, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP; Kathleen Hart, Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP; Hannah Joseph, Katz & Korin PC; Andy Klineman, Buckingham Companies; Kristina Korobov, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; David J. Mallon, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP; Kevin McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Len Mozzi, Dramatic Difference; Tony Paganelli, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Colleen Powers, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC; Joel Schumm, Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Jeffrey R. Slaughter, Law Office of Jeffrey R. Slaughter; Mary Spears, Kammen Maryan & Moudy; Holly Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC

Registration Options

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