Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. Still have a question? Contact us at iba@indybar.org or 317-269-2000. We'd be happy to help! Have a question about the IndyBar's services to the community? Click here.

Who can be an IndyBar member?
Membership in the IndyBar is open to attorneys in good standing of the Bar of any state, territory or district of the United States, members of the judiciary, law school faculty, paralegals and law students of any accredited law school.

How much are dues? How do I join the IndyBar?
Membership dues for standard attorney members are based on number of years of experience, with additional membership classifications and rates available for government attorneys, law school faculty and more. Membership is open to attorneys, law students and paralegals. Click here for current membership rates. Membership applications can be completed online here. Contact the IndyBar at iba@indybar.org or 317-269-2000 if you need assistance or would prefer a hard copy application.

How can IndyBar membership help my career?
The networking possibilities are endless! Opportunities to mix with other legal professionals in and out of your practice area exist at every IndyBar event. Being involved with the IndyBar could help expand your professional resources and open doors to your future.

Can I use the IndyBar to attract new clients?
For around $20 per month, IndyBar members can join the Lawyer Referral Service, which refers nearly 400 potential clients per month. IndyBar staff prescreens callers based on area of practice and geographic location through the LRS Line, 317-269-2222. The IndyBar also offers the Legal Advice Hotline, a service providing clients with legal advice over the phone for a pre-set fee payable to the attorney and processed by the IndyBar. The Modest Means Panel also generates income for members willing to take a reduced fee for cases in family and criminal law.

How can I get involved? What is the time commitment?
From practice groups to networking events to pro bono activities, there are countless ways to maximize membership. Time dedicated to IndyBar activities is relative to the type of experience a member is seeking. Members can volunteer as much or as little time as they desire. There are many opportunities and much may be gained by participating-learn more about current leadership opportunities here and about volunteer opportunities here.

Do opportunities for pro bono service exist?
Long or short term pro bono opportunities with IndyBar's Juvenile Court or Homeless Projects, Ask A Lawyer, Legal Line and more are available. We can even connect you to other legal service providers servicing the Indianapolis community. We can help find a pro bono opportunity that fits any schedule! Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities with our many pro bono programs and activities.

How can I balance involvement in the IndyBar with the rest of my life?
Work/life balance is a prime consideration when scheduling IndyBar events. When appropriate, members' families and guests are included in programming/special events, and members are made aware of such opportunities for family members and others to attend designated events.

Is the IndyBar committed to issues of diversity?
Because diversity in the Indianapolis Bar Association and among the Indianapolis legal profession is crucial to a well-rounded and representative legal community, the IndyBar has declared diversity to be a core value; the IndyBar promotes and encourages diversity among its leadership, its membership and the entire legal community. The IndyBar encourages involvement in the its Diversity Job Fair for 2L students nationwide.