Dear MCBA Members and Friends:       

Cassandra Bentley

Greetings from the 2014 Marion County Bar Association President!  On behalf of myself and the MCBA executive officers and board of directors, I want to thank you in advance for your continuing support of the MCBA; to those who are new to our organization, welcome.

The Marion County Bar Association is an affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association that has historically served the needs of African-American attorneys in the Indianapois area since 1925.  Today, the MCBA seeks to encourage diversity in the Indianapolis legal community, and promote truth, justice and fairness through education, professional development, and community involvement.

Over the past two years, the MCBA executive officers and board have put forth a tremendous amount of time and effort in advancing the goals of the organization.  Thanks in large part to the leadership of our outgoing President, TaKeena Thompson, the MCBA has significantly improved its financial status, increased membership, and uplifted our status in the Indianapolis legal community.  With the help of you, our members, we hope to be able to continue this success with programs such as:

  • “Going to Church” Events – serving the community by providing free legal advice following services at local churches;
  • Mentoring and Education — we will continue to support the Judge Carr L. Darden and Mrs. Lundy Darden Public Sector Legal Education Scholarship Fund, as well as provide moentoring opportunities to Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy students, law students, and new attorneys.
  • Coffee Chats — members have the opportunity to “chat” with local judges about various legal-related topics in an informal setting over breakfast and coffee;
  • Continuing Legal Education — we will provide members with engaging and relevant education opportunities, such as our Law and Social Networking CLE that was presented this year.

The MCBA is also excited to be partnering with the IU McKinney School of Law to address ways to improve diversity within legal education and provide support to minority law students, and we will continue to partner with other bar associations to bring beneficial programming to our members.

Your support of the MCBA is vital to our success as an organization. Not only do we ask that you support MCBA financially by becoming a dues-paying member, we also encourage you to become active in the organization by attending meetings and volunteering for committees and events.

We welcome any questions, concerns or comments that you may have. You may reach us via e-mail at mcba@mcbaindy.org, or you can reach me personally at CassandraBentley@mcbaindy.org. We also encourage you to join MCBA on Facebook and LinkedIn, and follow the MCBA on Twitter @MCBAIndy to stay up to date on the latest news and events.

I look forward to continuing our success in 2014, and sincerely hope that you will take part in what will be an exciting year for MCBA.

Cassandra Bentley McNair
2014 President, Marion County Bar Association