The Butler University College of Business’s Executive Education program and the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) are partnering to offer the Business School for Lawyers, a program created to combine a lawyer’s technical training with business knowledge and skills required to keep a law practice afloat.

The sessions, which begin Oct. 30, will be held on the Butler campus. Participants will explore areas that include financial analysis, leadership, Executive Education logobranding, human capital, and how to manage change in an organization. Sessions are designed to combine a lawyer’s technical training with business acumen and leadership principles to increase the client service and to enhance the firm’s sustainability in an ethical manner.

Participants who take all five sessions will earn a Certificate of Business Administration.

Session dates:

  • Oct. 30: Session 1 – Strategic Thinking & Business Development
  • Nov. 6: Session 2 – Financial Business Planning & Reporting
  • Nov. 13: Session 3 – Client Relationship Management
  • Dec. 4: Session 4 – Market Analysis for Growth & Business Development
  • Dec. 11: Session 5 – Human Capital Change Management

“Butler Executive Education is so proud to partner with the ISBA for the design and delivery of this customized, highly engaging program for lawyers,” said Sheri Fella, Executive Director of Butler Executive Education. “The partnership with ISBA is an exciting launch. Our faculty has created a customize learning experiences for lawyers that directly relates to their current challenges and enables them to return to their clients and firms with tools that can be applied immediately.”

To register, or to see session descriptions and objectives, visit The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 9. The class will be limited to the first 25 registrants.

“If you are a lawyer in private practice with enough income and wealth to retire today, I congratulate you. I recommend that other lawyers consider enrolling in the Business School for Lawyers,” ISBA President Jeff R. Hawkins said. “The State Bar’s partnership with Butler University offers members game-changing marketing and strategic planning resources that will move many of our members from striving to thriving, whether they practice as solos or partners at a global law firm.”

The curriculum for the ISBA program was designed by a tenured faculty team that includes Butler College of Business Associate Dean Craig Caldwell and Butler Executive Education Faculty Director Kathy Paulson Gjerde.

“Working with our talented faculty on this program to tailor the content to the development of a lawyer is an exciting opportunity,” Gjerde said. “We look forward to continuing to enhance the sessions and the overall certificate in collaboration with ISBA in the years to come.”


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