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OCBA Executive Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Oakland County Bar Association. Since 1934, our organization has served the varying and diverse needs of our legal members. Today, the OCBA is an association of more than 3,000 members. We offer professional continuing legal education seminars, camaraderie and networking, and the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the legal and justice systems.

But that's not all. Throughout our rich history, the Oakland County Bar Association has built a strong reputation and foundation on its services and activities based on the changing needs of our members. Among our many services, the OCBA is particularly proud of our public service projects, our committee work, our strong and influential voice on current legislative activities as well as on court rules, and our chapter of the American Inns of Court. Our association also is quite fortunate to enjoy a strong and productive relationship with the judiciary.

So, if you're a member of the OCBA, thank you for visiting your web site. Please browse through to learn about our membership benefits, participate in the members' list serve, and find out about the upcoming seminars and special events planned just for you.

If you're not yet a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, please join us! If you are a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan, please become involved. You can help to shape a positive image of your profession, you can support your peers and colleagues, and you can help us to educate the public about the law and your role as a lawyer.

With your help, we can make a difference.


Terri Ticknor Gilbert
Executive Director


The mission of the Oakland County Bar Association is to serve the professional needs of our members, improve the justice system, and ensure the delivery of quality legal services to the public.

Our Goals are as follows:

  • To foster the professional growth of our members
  • To provide services and benefits to our members
  • To participate with the bench to improve the quality of the justice system in Oakland County
  • To encourage civility among lawyers
  • To encourage membership and participation in the Association by persons representing a diversity of gender, racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • To be a fiscally sound organization
  • To provide a facility adequate to house the needs of the Association
  • To educate the public about the law, the role of lawyers, and the administration of justice
  • To promote a positive image for the profession and the justice system and to respond, where appropriate, to unfair criticism
  • To promote access to quality legal services for all, regardless of ability to pay