The Indiana State Bar Association or ISBA is headquartered in Indianapolis and is a voluntary organization. Despite not making membership mandatory, it still has 11,500 members. Out of that number, around 2200 are out-of-state attorneys who regularly practice law in the state.
Along with lawyers, the state bar association also consists of members who are judges, law librarians, law students, paralegals, and court administrators. The association was founded in 1896. The 23rd American president Benjamin Harrison served as its first official president.
Today, the organization primarily serves as a source of information for both members and the public alike. It does not regulate or govern the legal profession in Indiana. However, it does offer access to services that include preparing for and taking Continued Legal Education or CLE classes. CLE resources are updated regularly on the association’s website.
It also offers benefits to members that are designed to save both time and money in their practices as lawyers. For example, lawyers can receive discounts at companies like ISBA insurance agency. They also can save money on payroll services and credit card processing as well as courier and copying services.
Additionally, members save money at businesses like Brooks Brother, Avis, Hertz, and UPS. These discounts are available to all members who pay their yearly dues and maintain active memberships to the association.
The ISBA also serves as a source of information for the public by offering an attorney directory that is free to use. The directory maintains an active, current list of lawyers throughout the state in all legal specialties. People can find an attorney in their part of the state or city without having to make phone calls or spend money on a referral.
The association also can help people who have disputes or complaints about lawyers. If they disagree with how much they were charged or the manner in which they were treated while retaining the lawyer, they can use the ISBA’s website to file a complaint and seek a resolution to their fee dispute.
The ISBA has its offices in Indianapolis. The physical address for the association is One Indiana Square, Suite 530, 46204. Members and the public can also use the mobile app for the state bar association to use directory resources or take advantage of other benefits.