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  • FALL 2010Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

    Chairs Message: My 5 challenges to young lawyersBY MICHAEL J. JASAITIS

    The Indiana State Bar Associations Young Lawyers Section (YLS) remains dedicated to its steadfast commitment of providing opportunities and assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law. As of October 2010, I have the distinct honor of serving YOU as chair of the YLS and I look forward to leading this group of 2,400+ young lawyers. Having participated in the YLS for the past six years, I am excited about the new opportunities that lay ahead.

    The YLS has historically been the largest and most active of the ISBA sections, oftentimes being referred to as the service arm of the ISBA. In spite of the fact that we offer exclusive low rates to law students and free membership to all new admittees, many young and new attorneys around the

    state are unaware that they qualify for YLS membership. I encourage you to help spread the word about the benefits of becoming an active member of the YLS.

    As your chair, I want to see more young lawyers across the state get involved in the YLS. Now more than ever, it is important to take advantage of what the YLS has to offer and cash in on the benefits such as its substantive e-discussion list, invaluable networking opportunities and lifelong relationships with Indianas leading legal professionals. We may not have the battle scars of our more experienced colleagues, but we still have the ability to leave our mark on the legal community.

    Whether you practice in Indianapolis or in rural areas of the state, I want to

    encourage you to leave your positive mark in the legal realm over the course of this next year. To that end, here are five opportunities for you to get involved and make the most of your YLS membership:

    Participate on the YLS e-discussion list

    Perhaps one of the most helpful benefits of being a member of the YLS is its electronic mailing list, which offers an efficient way to disseminate information and a way to find answers to your most nagging questions as a new lawyer. A successful e-discussion list depends entirely on information sharing and participation from all of its members. You will create invaluable connections with other lawyers around the state and possibly get your next client referral. If you are currently a

    member of the YLS and would like to subscribe to the YLS e-discussion list, please e-mail Carissa Long at clong@inbar.org. If you have unsubscribed in the past, please give it another shot and subscribe today!

    Volunteer for a community service project

    While I am no JFK, his suggestion to citizens that you should ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country, can be carried over to all service projects regardless of their size and complexity. Whether your local bar sponsors a project or you volunteer for a state-sponsored service event, your time spent assisting others speaks loud to not only your peers and mentors, but to those outside the legal community. As chair of the YLS, I plan to coordinate new service projects to provide you with opportunities to

    educate the youth in our state and to serve our elders (more details available soon). Also, I encourage you to participate in our annual, statewide Law Day celebration on May 1, 2011. Since 1957, the YLS has sponsored this community outreach program that provides attorneys the chance to step out of their office and into the classroom and/or community. This years theme, provided by the American Bar Association, is The Legacy of John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo. As one of my undergrad roommates often said, Leadership is action, not position. Serving the public in these capacities will go a long way to improve the public image of lawyers in this state.

    Attend an ISBA eventAs noted previously, your

    attendance at ISBA-sponsored events offers invaluable networking opportunities and

    It is always challenging to make the transition from law school to practice, but it seems especially difficult during these changing times. New lawyers are entering perhaps the most challenging economic environment. Those who have been practicing for a few years not only face stiff competition, but also must grapple with the rapidly changing legal landscape as they plot a course with their life in the law. During these times, the benefits of hav-ing a mentor are invaluable. Young lawyers must connect early in their careers to ensure

    that they are prepared for the responsible practice of law and are committed to profes-sionalism.

    The Indiana State BarAssociation (ISBA) officiallylaunched its Mentor Matchprogram with its newcurriculum at the 2010 Annual Meeting. This new curriculum is in response to Chief Justice Randall T. Shepards decision to allow mentors and men-tees to earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours for a mentoring relationship using an approved curriculum, as well as a statement that we

    as a profession believe that mentoring is important.

    We learn a lot in law school of course, but we learn

    a lot more over time from each other, said Chief Justice Shepard. Sometimes we learn in formal ways like continuing legal education, and

    sometimes its in very informal ways like just watching how other lawyers practice.

    The Mentor Match program for young lawyers has undergone many

    developments since its inception in 2005. In October 2009, the Indiana Supreme Court Commission for Continuing Legal Education

    proposed that a structured mentoring program approved by the Commission could satisfy the Applied Professionalism Program (APP) required for all newly admitted Indiana attorneys.

    Further, the Commission offered that up to 12 CLE hours (to include up to 3 ethics hours) would be available to the mentors who

    ISBA launches new and improved Mentor Match programBY REYNOLD T. BERRY

    We learn a lot in law school of course, but we learn a lot more over time from each other, said Chief Justice Shepard. Sometimes we learn in formal ways like continuing legal education, and sometimes its in very informal

    ways like just watching how other lawyers practice.

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  • CHAIRS MESSAGE(continued from page 1)

    and legal professionals. You can never anticipate who you will meet or what new information you will learn that will have a positive impact on your career.

    Find a mentor outsideyour office

    The State Bar officially launched its Mentor Match program this month at its Annual Meeting. Without question, the YLS has always supported and encouraged this professional mentor/mentee relationship between new admittees and more experienced, reputable lawyers. Most aspects of practicing law are not taught in law school, but rather handed down from those with experience in the field.

    lifelong relationships with leading legal professionals.

    These events bring together a diverse group of people from all practice fields and geographical areas.To mention a few events that you wont want to miss is the annual Judicial Reception, ISBA Annual Meeting, Solo & Small Firm Conference, YLS golf outing and much more. Please check out the calendar of upcoming events on p. 6! If you are anxious about attending an event for the first time, please feel free to contact Carissa Long at clong@inbar.org or 1.800.266.2581 and she will serve as your personal host, greeting you upon arrival and making sure to introduce you to other young lawyers

    completed the approved program. The ISBA PLEADS Section then reconstituted the Mentor Match Committee (Committee) to develop a program for approval.

    After reviewing mentoring programs utilized by other states, the Mentor Match Committee, chaired by Hon. Caryl A. Dill, magistrate of the Marion Superior Court, determined the program implemented by the Ohio Supreme Courts Commission on Professionalism would best suit Indianas legal community. The Ohio Supreme Courts Commission on Professionalism provided a license that allowed the Committee to utilize all facets of their mentoring program. The Committee completed the transformation of those materials for submission to the Commission. In August 2010, the Commission approved the Mentor Match materials for CLE and APP credits upon the certification of a sponsoring organization. As a result, any lawyer in Indiana meeting the requirements of the Mentor Match program and who participate as a mentor or mentee can now earn CLE or APP credits.

    The goal of the Mentor Match program is to elevate the competence, professionalism and success of Indiana lawyers through positive mentoring relationships. Mentoring creates an opportunity for an experienced lawyer to provide professional guidance and share practical knowledge and skills with a new lawyer during the critical transition from law student to legal practitioner. The relationship created through the Mentor Match program should work on several different levels to foster the development of the mentees career, while creating a sense of pride and purpose in the mentor. Any lawyer admitted to practice

    law in Indiana who is in need of advice and professional development can participate in the Mentor Match program.

    Experienced and reputable mentors are essential to the success of this program. By serving as a mentor, you help to improve the legal profession in this state. Before volunteering to participate in this program as a mentor, you must evaluate whether or not you have the ability to teach a new lawyer in a one-on-one setting, have the time necessary to devote to the program, understand the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct and ensure that you exhibit professional habits in the practice of law. In addition to the self-evaluation, the Mentor Mat