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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join the ISBA?
The ISBA empowers members to thrive professionally and personally through advocacy, education, and connections. We want you to make the most of your career, so our commitment to you is to: find solutions to your professional challenges, connect you with other lawyers statewide and advocate for the profession.
Do I have to be a member of the ISBA?
No. Membership in the ISBA is voluntary and is not required in order to practice law in Indiana.
How can the ISBA save me money?
As a member of the ISBA, you have access to a network of other lawyers and experts statewide, affordable CLE programming, practice-specific listservs for your day-to-day questions and free tools such as Casemaker – ISBA’s free legal research database that can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year.
Who can join the ISBA?
You may join as an Indiana licensed attorney, a non-Indiana licensed attorney, law student or affiliate (includes paralegals, law librarians, legal administrators and court administrators).
How much does it cost to join the ISBA?
Annual membership fees are based on the type of membership. Click here to view the membership types and rates.
Are my dues tax deductible?
Your membership dues and section dues are not tax deductible as charitable contributions, but up to 95% may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. The ISBA estimates that 5% of your total dues is allocated to ISBA lobbying activities and therefore is not deductible. If you make a $40 voluntary contribution to the Indiana Bar Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, you may deduct this from your taxes. If you make a $10 voluntary contribution to BARPAC, which is our political action committee, you may not deduct this from your taxes. Be sure to consult your tax advisor with any questions.
Am I eligible for a discounted membership?
How do I join the ISBA?
Join at any time by hovering over the Join/Renew tab and selecting “Join as a new member” on the ISBA homepage or call the ISBA at 800.266.2581 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm ET on weekdays. Because the ISBA annual membership year is from July 1 through June 30, your dues will be prorated based on the month you join.
When is the term of a membership and when will I receive my renewal notice?
The ISBA annual membership term is from July 1 to June 30. Membership renewal will open 90 days prior, meaning current members will receive monthly reminders to renew as early as April.
How do I log in to the website?
When you join for the first time, you will create a new username and password during that registration process. If you are a new admittee or a law student, membership is automatic and you should receive an email with your login credentials from ISBA. If you need login assistance, please contact Julie Gott, Membership Coordinator, at 800-266-2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I already a member?
There are two easy ways to confirm your membership status:
How can I pay my dues?
You can pay your dues in 3 easy ways:
How do I find my invoice once I log in to renew?
When you log in to renew your membership, you will not find an invoice waiting for you to pay. Because there are so many things to choose from (e.g., sections, voluntary contributions), you must create your invoice by clicking on this link: ***Renew Your Membership Now***.
How do I access my ISBA membership card?
To access your ISBA membership card, log into our website at www.inbar.org and you will immediately land on your personal “Manage Profile” page. Under “Information & Settings,” select the “Membership Card” icon to view/print your membership card. ISBA no longer prints and mails membership cards to its members. If you need help accessing your membership card, please contact Carissa Long, email@example.com, or Julie Gott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer automatic renewal?
Yes. To ensure your benefits and services continue without interruption, choose auto-renew (select the drop-down menu under “Membership Information”) at checkout when paying your dues online, or by contacting Carissa Long, email@example.com, or Julie Gott, firstname.lastname@example.org, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm ET on weekdays. You will be notified by email before your credit card is charged.
How do I change my membership type?
Your annual membership fee is based on your type of membership (e.g., government, non-resident). If you need to change your membership category, you will need to contact Carissa Long, email@example.com, or Julie Gott, firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not able to do this on your end. Click here to view the membership categories and rates.
What is a section?
A section is a group of practicing attorneys that specialize in a certain area of law. ISBA has 28 sections that focus on specific areas of law or career stage, facilitating more in-depth examination of issues, regulations, and trends. Click here for a list of sections.
Can I join a section without joining the ISBA?
No. Membership in sections is available only to ISBA members.
Why should I join a section?
ISBA members value their sections for the substantive information provided through in-person events, CLE/webinars, and listservs along with the opportunity to build a statewide network of colleagues. Your involvement in a section will help you sharpen your skills, save you time and provide opportunities to lead and develop your expertise.
How much does it cost to join a section?
Dues vary by section averaging $20 per membership year. Current dues pricing for each section is listed here.
How do I join a section?
The easiest way to update or join a new section is at the time of renewal. When renewing, whether online or via paper invoice, you can add or remove sections. You can still join a section at any point throughout the year, even if you’ve already paid your membership dues. To join a section if you’ve already paid your dues, click here.
How do I log in to Casemaker?
Casemaker is the ISBA’s free legal research tool. To access Casemaker, go to www.inbar.org and log in using your ISBA username and password. Next, click on the “Casemaker” link at the top of the webpage.
How do I cancel my ISBA membership?
You can cancel any time by contacting the ISBA at 800-266-2581. If you choose to cancel, you will continue to have access to ISBA benefits through the end of the current membership year that has been paid in full.