General Information

The Allen County Indiana Bar Association provides educational, social and professional opportunities for members of the legal community in Allen County and surrounding counties. We are dedicated to providing support for area attorneys, judges, and paralegals through continuing legal education programs, active committees, and legal interest sections.

History
The practice of law in Allen County was established by the activities of the Allen Circuit Court in 1824. Judge Bethuel F. Morris, a resident of Indianapolis, “rode circuit” and presided over the Allen Circuit proceedings, with the assistance of two associate or “side” judges, who were elected from the County and who were not required to be lawyers. The practice of law flourished in the County after the establishment of the Circuit Court and as the area became settled in the 1800s. The Allen County Bar Association was formed in 1890. The elected presidents administered the Bar Association from their personal law offices until 1956 when the Association established its own office. In 2000, the Association moved into new and expanded headquarters at 924 South Calhoun Street. The building was purchased and renovated by the Allen County Bar Foundation.

Continuing Legal Education
The ACBA offers numerous opportunities for continuing legal education, from small one-hour section luncheons to all day programs with nationally known speakers. The ACBA conducts an annual Bench Bar Conference and an all day technology update. The ACBA also hosts video replays of programs sponsored by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. The New Lawyers Section hosts a boot camp for new lawyers, giving them the opportunity to interact with judges and learn about the judges’ policies and procedures for their courtrooms. ACBA members receive a discount on the cost of CLE programs. From monthly section-only programs to Last Chance Videos in December, the ACBA offers numerous CLE sessions for attorneys and paralegals.

Service to the Community
Whether it is young lawyers presenting “Legal Stuff You Should Know” to high school seniors or free legal advice on Tuesday evenings, the ACBA is actively involved in the community. The ACBA’s Speakers Bureau can provide attorneys who can speak on various topics related to law. ACBA members participate in the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, providing free legal assistance to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Family Fun Day at the Courthouse, held downtown after the parade on the first Saturday of the Three Rivers Festival, provides an opportunity for children to enjoy games, clowns, and balloon artists free of charge on the Courthouse Green. The Probate, Trust and Tax Section annually hosts a free seminar on various matters related to wills, trusts, and estates.

Commitment to Professional Courtesy
The ACBA is committed to a high level of professional courtesy among its members, with the courts, and with others who interact with the legal system. A ‘Commitment to Professional Courtesy’ was adopted by the Board of Directors in 2004.

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