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Supporting law students through COVID-19

We are calling upon ISBA members to support law students through the implications of the coronavirus epidemic by mentoring or hosting them as interns.

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Leadership Development Academy

The Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy is an exclusive program that develops lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may be empowered as leaders throughout the Indiana community, local and state bar associations, and as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.

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Mentor Match

The Mentor Match program matches new lawyers with experienced mentors to assist with law practice management; effective client representation and career development; provide guidance for new lawyers in all types of practices; and offer the opportunity to earn free CLE, ethics and/or applied professionalism credits.

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Attorney specialization

The Indiana State Bar Association is an Independent Certifying Organization (ICO) for Family Law and Trust and Estate Law. These specialization programs are designed to recognize attorneys who have achieved a level of experience and expertise in their field and to advance professionalism and civility in the area of practice. Certification is individual and voluntary. Certified specialists exceed basic competence and demonstrate extraordinary knowledge and skill, strengthening the practice of law and enhancing the state’s legal profession.

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Young Lawyers Section

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) is dedicated to its steadfast commitment of providing opportunities and assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law.

Members engage and get to know each other, discuss challenges and best practices when establishing themselves within the legal field, and organized programs and events that educate, acclimate, and connect young attorneys throughout the state.

Members have access to its e-discussion list; receive a copy of its newsletter YLS Network; benefit from networking opportunities; and create lifelong relationships with leading legal professionals. Dues are $15 annually.

Those qualified for membership should be in practice 10 years or less.

With questions about the Young Lawyers Section, contact Rebecca Smith at To join the section, purchase dues in our online store here.


Law Student Committee

The purpose of the Law Student Committee (LSC) is to represent law students within the ISBA and Young Lawyers Section; to help shape the policies and priorities that affect legal education; to create a deliberative forum for the exchange and expression of law student views and a voice to advocate those views; and to promote diversity and equal opportunity within the profession.

LSC consists of three members from each Indiana law school—the Student Bar Association president, his or her designated proxy, and an ISBA Representative. However, any student is welcome to participate on the committee as a nonvoting member. (Contact Rebecca Smith at to get involved.)

LCS members make connections with law students to help them get integrated with ISBA activities, sections, and committees. They also plan advise ISBA on law students wants and needs from a state bar association.

Each year, LSC also plans a spring moot court competition between law schools, allowing competitors to argue a real case in front of Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court judiciary.