Dear MCBA Members and Friends,

Hello, my name is Carlton Lee Martin, and I am honored to serve as your President this year! During our installation, I shared a key principle that frames my view of leadership: that life, at its best, was not meant to be lived alone. Our connection with those outside of ourselves enables all of us to reach our highest potential. Connection breeds comfort. Connection multiplies efforts. Connection fulfils purpose.

I cannot be the President the Association needs without all of you—our board, our members, and the greater legal community! I need our Board to guide and support me. I need our members to share their ideas about what they want from the Association, and to contribute to efforts our team has planned this year. I also need our allies in the legal community to stand by our side as we pursue matters of fairness, justice, and equality for all.

We have an exciting agenda filled with community service opportunities, fun social gatherings, professional educational programing, community engagement, and yes, our flagship legal dinner, Kuykendall-Conn, will happen this year. Specifically, we will:

  • Fulfill your professional educational requirements through bi-monthly CLE programing and our annual “CLE Week”;
  • Promote economic development of our members by providing a platform for case referrals, posting fresh job openings, and opportunities to serve court administration;
  • Connect with the pipeline of our profession—future and current law students—by working with Indiana Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s new ABA “Pathway to Law Program.”
  • Relax and unwind at bi-monthly Lawyers Lounges;
  • Serve the community by working to address social justice issues impacting people of color in Marion County;
  • Much More!

Our immediate-past president, Detra Mills’ September message stated it best, “the funds the MCBA receives through membership dues, fundraisers, and various donations sustain our ability to provide support to minority law students, attorneys, and judges within central Indiana.” If you are not a paid member of the MCBA, consider this my personal invitation for you to connect with us. Please join or renew online through the MCBA website at http://www.mcbaindy.org/members/. You may download a paper membership application there as well. Various membership and contribution options are available, including Lifetime Membership, Associate Membership, and our newly adopted Non-Judicial Government Attorney Membership Category!

In closing, I urge you to connect with the MCBA.  Connect with us so we can multiply our efforts. Connect with us so we can continue to develop a culture where lawyers of color can find comfort in these challenging times. And, connect with us so we can fulfil our purpose to provide forums for meaningful political involvement, promote positive economic development, and participate in social justice initiatives that impact people of color within Marion County.

On behalf of the entire board, thank you in advance for your continued support of the Marion County Bar Association. We look forward to serving you this year and hope to see you soon.


Carlton Lee Martin

MCBA President 2018