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Posted on: Mar 4, 2021

Are you anxious to reconnect with your community? Are you looking for opportunities to contribute to Indy’s growth?   Ready to network with community leaders and your peers? IndyBar’s reimagined Bar Leader Series could be your answer and is now accepting applications for Class XVIII. 

An intensive year-long leadership development program designed specifically for Indianapolis-area attorneys, Bar Leader XVIII will be the first class to begin and end at IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference. 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.

The new series experience will connect class members with issues, thought leaders, and organizations crucial to our city’s success. Topics on tap for Class XVIII include 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, and police-community relations.  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.

For IndyBar members in their 3rd to 10th year of practice, the series will kick off with an icebreaker reception at IndyBar HQ in late May and the class retreat will be June 16-18 at the Bench Bar Conference at the Omni Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  The series will continue with bi-monthly enhanced, interactive sessions on the first Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. until noon at various locations around Indianapolis.  Finally, the series will conclude with the class graduation celebration in June 2022 at the Bench Bar Conference. 

The program was created in 2003 as the outgrowth of the IndyBar’s Task Force on Leadership Development with the goal 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.

Many notable IndyBar leaders have graduated from the Bar Leader Series, including current IndyBar President Jimmie McMillian, senior corporate counsel for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a member of Class VII.  “The Bar Leader Series really accelerated and propelled my career to help me get to where I am today. It’s an exciting thing to know that we’re about to provide that to another group of exceptional attorneys in this community,” McMillian said.

“The Bar Leader Series helped me create great friendships and provided me with referral sources in areas I don’t practice,” said Rebecca Geyer, graduate of the Bar Leader Series Class IV and a past president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

There is a fee for the program with some scholarships available.  Application materials and all the details on the series can be found at  Application deadline is April 30, 2021.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2020

A recording of the live update webinar "U.S. Bankruptcy Update and Q&A" is now available. This program was originally presented on Wednesday, April 7 and features Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana Robyn Moberly. The webinar was moderated by Commercial & Bankruptcy Section Chair Dustin DeNeal.

View the recording here.

Please note: CLE credit is not available for this program.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020

A variety of scholarships are available to attend the 2020 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference June 18-20, 2020 at the French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana. IndyBar's Bench Bar Conference is Indiana's premier event to bring lawyers, judges and paralegals together for a great time and top-notch CLE programming. Scholarships funded by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will be awarded in addition to those awarded through IndyBar sections and divisions.

Recipients of the scholarships will have the following waived: full conference registration and Thursday and Friday night lodging (approximately a $715 value)--multiple scholarships may be available.

The following will be some of the factors considered in determining whether to award scholarships: (1) members of the respective IndyBar section/division (for section and division funded scholarships), with preference given to individuals active in the IndyBar (2) first-time attendees of the Bench Bar Conference; and (3) attorneys practicing in the fields of government or public service, or others who demonstrate that the costs of the Bench Bar Conference are a barrier to attend. The deadline for application is April 1.

To join a section or division, go to

Please note: Scholarships are credited to the course on behalf of the recipient. Actual monies will not exchange hands.

Apply here!

Get more information and see the schedule of events for the Bench Bar Conference here.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2020

Start your new year with a resolution to SAVE MONEY! We’re bringing back Free Fridays in 2020, which means you’ll save more time AND money with these complimentary offerings.


Free CLE offerings are video replay selections of our most popular educational programs of the last year and are for IndyBar members only. Attend up to six sessions at no cost; after six free sessions the cost is $45 per hour. There is no registration required. All replays are for one-hour general CLE unless otherwise noted. Pick a location that’s convenient for you: Free CLE is offered concurrently on the northside (8250 Haverstick Road Conference Room) and downtown at the IndyBar office! See this year’s replay schedule below.


Feb. 7: Cryptocurrency: Practice Pointers from the U.S. Trustee (NOTE: downtown replay will take place in the BMO Conference Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Seventh Floor)

March 6: What You Need to Know About Annexation (NOTE: All downtown replays after this date will take place at the new IndyBar office at 140 N. Illinois St.)

April 3: In-House Insights

May 1: Hot Topics in the World of Environmental Insurance Coverage

June 5: Summary Judgement Trends and Tips Post-Hughley

July: No replay due to holiday.

August 7: Special Considerations in Asset Deals and Corporate Carve-Outs

Sept. 4: Handling DCS Cases: Tips, Tricks and Relevant Legislation and Case Law

Oct. 2: No Appraisal? No Problem! Making a Property Tax Case Without an Appraisal

Nov. 6: A Practical Discussion of Common Ethical Issues in Mediation (Includes Ethics & CME Credit)

Dec. 4: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer — Legal Advice for Family and Friends (Includes Ethics Credit)


Say cheese! Get a professional headshot for free at this Free Friday offering. You’ll be emailed a high resolution copy of your photo that you can use however you’d like! No appointment necessary. In Jan., Free Fridays headshots will be taken at the current IndyBar office downtown at 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500. Due to our move into our new space, we will not be offering Free Fridays headshots in Feb. Starting in March, headshots will be taken in our new space at 140 N. Illinois St.

If you would like to submit content or write an article for the IndyBar please, email Kara Sikorski at

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