Dear MCBA Members and Friends:       

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On behalf of the Board of Directors and Executive Officers of the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA), I would like to welcome you to the Marion County Bar Association’s new website. Thank you for your support of our organization. The MCBA is committed to enhancing the professional development of minority attorneys within the Indianapolis legal community by providing our members with quality CLEs and networking opportunities. Our theme for 2013 is “Empowering Our Community to Overcome Tomorrow’s Challenges.” This year, we will continue to build upon the basic principles of the MCBA and continue programming that will empower our members and help them advance their legal careers. To maximize our potential, we hope to partner with other bar associations and minority organizations in the Indianapolis area. The MCBA is pleased to announce the following initiatives and programs this year:

  • Going to Church: we will continue our tradition of serving the community by providing free legal advice after church service.
  • CLEs: we will provide quality CLEs to our members this year. We hosted our first CLE, “Modern Lawyering Utilizing Social Media” on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Barnes & Thornburg.
  • Coffee Chat: we will provide our members with an opportunity to sit and “chat” with judges over a cup of coffee. Thank you to the following judges for participating in our Coffee Chat this year:  Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, Southern District of Indiana; Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III, Indiana Court of Appeals; Judge Robert Altice, Jr., Marion County Superior Court; and Judge Heather Welch, Marion County Superior Court.
  • Mentoring Opportunities: we have partnered with Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and Indiana University McKinney School of Law for the 2012-2013 year to expose students to the legal field and prepare them for their future legal careers.

The MCBA was also excited to have City of Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson as our keynote speaker at our signature fundraiser, the Kuykendall-Conn Dinner, on August 23, 2013.

Your participation in the MCBA is vital to the organization. To that end, we invite you to become active and engaged with the MCBA. We challenge you to bring a new face to our general body meetings so that we can continue to grow our organization and reach our fullest potential. We welcome any questions, concerns or comments that you may have. We may be reached at I also encourage you to join MCBA on Facebook and follow the MCBA on Twitter @MCBAIndy. I look forward to an exciting year and hope to see you all at our next general body meeting.

TaKeena M. Thompson
2013 President, Marion County Bar Association