By Riley Parr, 2019-2020 Chair of the Law Student Division
No doubt by now you have all seen the drastic but necessary steps taken by the school and other entities to help stem the tide of this virus. IndyBar, and the Law Student Division more specifically, is obviously not immune, and our in-person events for the remainder of the semester are cancelled. But, we're planning to still bring you content relevant to the practice of law including working with the attorneys who were scheduled to participate in our Breakfast with the Bar programs to provide informative content.
IndyBar had a conference call earlier this week with all sections, committees and divisions to discuss what the IndyBar can do to help during this time. It goes without saying that each of us individually has countless concerns, but we briefly talked about two issues directly relating to law students and IndyBar's mission: (1) concerns about summer employment, and (2) problems surrounding students nearing the end of school and transitioning into practice.
The Law Student Division team is working with IndyBar leadership and law schools to bring several thought leaders (including hopefully firms in the area) to help assuage or at least address the problems that will undoubtedly arise in the coming months and in particular those two items mentioned above. As you might imagine, everybody is trying to navigate uncharted waters.
All that being said, this chapter will eventually close and we will move on. Life and the practice of law--and law school--will endure. In the interim, though the format and medium might look different, the Law Student Division will continue doing what we can to assist law students. We have a couple major projects in the works that will hopefully be ready to roll by the end of the semester...good thing we have all this extra time.
Here's an informative page the IndyBar put together with resources and coronavirus updates relating to the legal profession in Indiana.
Be on the lookout for more information and when the time comes, please share it with your connections at school. If you have thoughts, suggestions or concerns, please consider myself and the entire Law Student Division executive committee as a resource. I would love to hear from you, even if it's just to chat.
If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Law Student Division, please email Kara Sikorski at firstname.lastname@example.org.