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January 24, 2013

IndyBar Launches Attorney Apprentice Program

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Kari Hartman
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Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-269-2000, khartman@indybar.org

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Indianapolis Bar Association Launches Attorney Apprentice Program

January 24, 2013 (Indianapolis, Indiana)—New lawyers, once virtually guaranteed secure, well-paying employment upon passing the bar, now face many of the same harsh economic realities as other young professionals—there are too few jobs and they have too little experience. Even further, those attorneys who find employment or begin their own practice find that law school has done little to prepare them to undertake the practical side of life as a lawyer.

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force has taken a proactive approach to provide substantive knowledge and practical experience to new and less experienced attorneys, as well as those looking to expand their practice, with the creation of the Attorney Apprentice Program. Throughout 2012, the Task Force undertook the assignment of examining what resources, programs or tools could be offered to address the concerns of unemployed or underemployed attorneys; the Attorney Apprentice Program is one facet of the Task Force’s recommendations for assisting this population of the legal community.

“In the current economic climate, many attorneys have been unable to gain necessary experience or find long-term employment. Many law firms also lack the time and resources to provide in-depth skills training to their attorneys,” says Rebecca Geyer, an attorney with Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP and a member of Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force. “The Attorney Apprentice Program is designed to bridge this gap by providing substantive knowledge and practical experience to new and less experienced attorneys to accelerate the learning curve and personal growth of participants.”

The 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. Each session will include 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.

“Those of us who were mentored by outstanding practitioners when we were ‘coming up’ in the profession remember how critical it was to learn those skills in a safe, understanding environment,” notes Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, 2013 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. “For many of our unemployed and underemployed brethren out there, that opportunity has not been within their reach. This program seeks to rectify that problem.”

The Attorney Apprentice Program will kick off in March, with the substantive tracks held weekly through early April. Scholarships have been made possible for the program through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

About the Indianapolis Bar Association
The Indianapolis Bar Association is a voluntary membership organization comprised of more than 5,000 attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students. Founded in 1878 and recognized as a leader among metropolitan bar associations throughout the United States, the Indianapolis Bar Association strives to fulfill its mission to serve its members, promote justice and enhance the legal profession through member development, community outreach, pro bono service and various programs and resources.