Events and Education

Bar Leader Series

The Bar Leader Series for Early-Career Professionals

IndyBar Bar Leader Series Class XVIII is an intensive year-long leadership development program designed specifically for IndyBar member attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice. The goal of the series is to prepare talented and diverse early-career lawyers to take their places as both leaders in the legal profession and leaders in addressing needs of the community.  Led by Robert H. McKinney School of Law faculty member and former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, the series will feature an impressive array of community leaders bringing their uniquely informed perspective to the class. Class members will also develop and execute a team service project with the support of former Bar Leader Series participants adding to their skills and network building.

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Applying for Bar Leader Series
Applications for the 2021-2022 Bar Leader Series session are now being accepted until Friday, April 30, 2021. 

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2021-2022 Series Schedule
Overnight Retreat: 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 through the morning of Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Omni Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky the home of the 2021 Bench Bar Conference.  Bar Leader Class XVIII members will be registered and included in Bench Bar Conference activities on Thursday, June 17. For those wishing to continue with the conference on Friday and Saturday, discounted Bench Bar Conference registration is available and details are found on the Bench Bar Conference registration page.

The bi-monthly sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various locations to be announced in Indianapolis:

  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022
  • June - Graduation at 2022 Bench Bar Conference location (date and location to be announced)


Why should I consider applying?

You will benefit personally and professionally and will be better prepared for leadership opportunities and challenges. You will have a chance to meet and interact with prominent legal and community leaders, develop leadership skills, explore long-term opportunities for leadership and form a lifelong network. The Bar Leader Series experience will connect you with issues, thought leaders, and organizations crucial to our city’s success. 

Topics/issues on tap for Class XVIII:

  • Access to legal services
  • Crime
  • Early childhood education and public education
  • Food insecurity
  • Health care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Non-profit volunteer leadership
  • Offender re-entry
  • Personal leadership skills
  • Police-community relations

How does it work?
The series begins with a two-day retreat in June in Louisville, KY immediately before the start of the Bench Bar Conference. Subsequent sessions are bi-monthly at various Indianapolis venues from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Each session features substantive presentations, roundtable conversation and small group discussion by local leaders, some earning CLE credit, and leadership development curriculum. The cost is $1,200 per person (installment payment available). Some scholarships are also available.

The program includes all leadership sessions plus the development and execution of a community service team project in collaboration with an existing IndyBar Section or Committee, which will be completed during the series.


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