IndyBar News

May 2, 2014

Motivate, Inspire, Lead: Applications Now Accepted for Bar Leader Series Class XII

Ready to become a leader in your profession and your community? Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Bar Leader Series. The Bar Leader Series is the IndyBar's leadership development program for young attorneys. This fast-track series empowers participants to make the most of their innate talents, while emphasizing the importance of service to the community.

Through the Bar Leader Series, participants learn what it means to be a leader, gain insight vital to leaders in our community and learn how to communicate, motivate, inspire and succeed. In the past 11 years, more than 225 attorneys representing an array of practice areas, demographics and backgrounds have become Bar Leaders, going on to utilize the leadership skills and networking abilities gained from the program for the benefit of their profession, their community and their future.

The deadline to apply for Class XII is June 23, 2014. Full details on the program, including application instructions, can be found online here. Scholarships for the program are also available.

Committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders, the program was created in 2003 as the outgrowth of the IndyBar's Task Force on Leadership Development. The program provides 25 IndyBar member attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice with an opportunity to meet other attorneys in an environment where they can grow both professionally and personally. This program and these students are key to keeping the Bar's leadership strong and maintaining the Bar's value to the legal community into the future.

The Series will begin with an Ice Breaker reception in August and a retreat at Waycross Camp and Conference Center in Southern Indiana on September 11 and 12, 2014. The Series continues with monthly presentations for an entire afternoon for a nine-month period on a broad range of topics presented by local legal, political and business leaders.

What BLS Grads Are Saying:

“Participation in the Indy Bar Leader Series program is an eye-opening journey! This thought-provoking program has exposed me to many hidden gems in the Indianapolis community, afforded me the opportunity to forge new friendships, and presented me with the challenge of doing my part to make the Indianapolis community a better place! It was a priceless experience, and I loved every minute of it!”
Tiffany Presley, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

“I can sum Bar Leader Series up into 14 words ‘you don’t know what you don’t know until you have been through Bar Leader Series.’ The knowledge and insight into the history and internal workings of our community and the inspiration to make a difference that BLS provoked was eye-opening and unprecedented. And at the same time I was busy expanding my horizons, I was making friends, referral sources and other contacts. I started with 14 words, but truly, the experience can be summed up in one word: priceless.”
Briana Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

“As an attorney in the public sector, I didn’t exactly know how I would fit into the Bar Leader Series. Any skepticism was immediately gone when I met my fellow Class X classmates. This is an invaluable opportunity to meet tomorrow’s leaders while receiving guidance from today’s. It is also a great lesson on the importance of giving back to your community.”
Jim Snyder, Marion County Public Defenders Agency

“The BLS Program opened my eyes on how attorneys can engage-in and lead improvements in our community. Whether the subject-matter is sports, transportation, arts, crime prevention, politics, education, etc., nearly every major community initiative in Indianapolis has had an attorney contributing to the effort. The BLS Program helps you develop your leadership skills to expand your influence and network in the area that interests you.”
Kelly Doria, Indiana Public Retirement System