By Tim Karns, Partner, Wagner Reese LLP
I turned 40 in February. With the commemoration of this milestone came the sudden realization that I had reached the top of the proverbial Young Lawyer Hill and begun my descent to middle-aged practitioner status. I began to come to terms with the fact that my inbox would no longer be graced with invitations to the latest Young Lawyers Division event. Likewise, I accepted that my opportunities for socializing with other attorneys would likely be limited to post-court conversations, the witty banter at continuing legal education events, and the awkward small talk that occurs at every Zoom call. Needless to say, I felt extremely sad while blowing out my birthday cake candles.
However, I am (albeit barely) a millennial. As a member of the generation that excels in original thinking and is known for its creative problem-solving skills, I began to wonder if my peers had already gathered their creative faculties and solved my social dilemma. With bated breath, I rushed to the Indianapolis Bar Association website and started browsing through the upcoming events and training schedule. It was here that I discovered, like Ponce de León finding the legendary fountain of youth, two upcoming IndyBar Foundation events that are sure to make me feel young and socially connected.
First, on April 20, the IndyBar Foundation will host a trivia night. This fun-filled night of competition pits teams of up to five against each other in an intellectual battle as they compete to become the official champions of the IndyBar Foundation Trivia Night. Adam Christensen, Past President of the IndyBar Foundation and trivia guru, will host the event. It will take place at the Blind Owl Brewery, which is conveniently located at the corner of 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard and has plenty of on-site parking. The event includes two drink tickets with your registration. Check-in starts at 5:00 p.m. and trivia starts at 6:00 p.m.
While I was certain that Trivia Night would keep my mental faculties sharp in my old age, I always craved a social event, aka a party, that would help me avoid being put out to pasture with my more experienced colleagues. As a result, I eagerly advanced the events and education calendar, where I learned that IndyBar will be hosting its annual Block Party on May 26 from 4:30-7 p.m. This outdoor gathering at IndyBarHQ is the official kickoff to summer! The Block Party will once again feature food, drink and great music, and will be the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends of all ages, rediscover downtown Indy and enjoy all the camaraderie, food and fun that our legal community has to offer. Again, registration for the event is only $10 and includes two consumption tickets. It is important to note that all proceeds from the event will benefit the charitable activities of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
After hearing about Trivia Night and the Block Party, I felt immediate relief. It seemed that my advanced age would not condemn me, as I had feared, to becoming a social pariah. Thanks to IndyBar and the IndyBar Foundation, there are still plenty of cool events I can attend. As a result, I slowly closed my laptop and Googled the best way to cover my now graying hair.•