Membership

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The Oakland County Bar Association is the fastest growing professional association exclusively representing Oakland County's legal industry. The OCBA seeks to serve the professional needs of our members, improve the justice system, and ensure the delivery of quality legal services to the public.

How much is membership?

Fee Schedule (Dues valid until June 30, 2018. OCBA fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.)

Admitted to
Practice

Regular
Member

Public Service

Associate & Law School
Affiliate

Sustaining*

07/2016 – 06/2017

New lawyers may receive first year of membership FREE!  

Contact us for details.  (add $100 for Sustaining membership)

07/2015 – 06/2016

$120

$100

$80

add $100

07/2014 – 06/2015

$160

$130

$105

add $100

07/2013 – 06/2014

$200

$160

$130

add $100

before 06/2013

$250

$200

$160

add $100

Dues shown above include a $10 voluntary contribution to the Oakland County Bar Foundation and a $10 voluntary contribution to fund increased support of legal aid services in Oakland County. You may deduct one or both if you elect not to make these contributions. All membership fees include an annual subscription to LACHES valued at $20.00.
 
*Sustaining membership dues renew annually in July.

**These dues do not include the voluntary contributions. If you wish to contribute to the Legal Aid Assistance Fund of Oakland County and/or the Oakland County Bar Foundation, please include the donation amount with your remittance. The one-year subscription to
LACHES is included.

 

What category of membership is best for me?

The Oakland County Bar Association offers a variety of membership types:

Regular Membership – Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan and in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan. Regular members receive all membership privileges, are eligible to vote and hold office on the OCBA board of directors.
 Eligible to vote and hold office.

Associate Membership – Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan, in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan and engaged in full-time employment with a governmental agency or department, or 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Law School Affiliate Membership – Must be employed by a law school – such as professors, teachers, teaching assistants, and administrators. Not an active practitioner or member of the legal profession.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Public Service – Licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan and engaged in full-time employment with a governmental agency or department, or a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
 Eligible to vote and hold office.

Part-Time ($140) – Licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan. To qualify, an individual must work less than 20 hours per week or reside out of the state more than 50% of the time.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Foreign Associate ($200) – Licensed to practice law in another state and not licensed in Michigan and/or holds Federal jurisdiction. Must be in good standing with the state where licensed.  Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Vendor Affiliate ($250) – Employee or owner of an active and authorized business practice in Michigan. Must provide proof of authorization of business practice by State of Michigan.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Life Membership ($100) – Licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan, over the age of 70, fully retired and has been a regular member of the OCBA for more than five years.
 Eligible to vote but cannot hold office.

Administrative Assistant ($45) – Must be employed or seeking employment as an administrative assistant or in clerical or administrative work for a lawyer.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Paralegal Membership ($45) – Qualified through education, training or work experience and seeking employment or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in performance of legal services not primarily clerical or secretarial under the ultimate direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Student Membership ($25) – Available to students who are attending an ABA-approved law school, registered to take the next scheduled bar examination, or awaiting their Michigan bar examination results.
 Not eligible to vote or hold office.

Sustaining Membership – Members of any membership type are eligible for Sustaining Membership. A Sustaining Member's extra commitment to the association enables us to pursue the loftiest goals of the legal profession. Sustaining Members’ names are periodically featured in LACHES magazine and are recognized as stellar supporters of legal ideals. Sustaining membership can be purchased online or by returning this form with your check to the OCBA.

How do I join?

Join online at the OCBA store to purchase your membership. If you prefer to mail a printed application, download the paper application and mail it to the OCBA at 1760 S. Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302. If you have any questions contact Katie Tillinger by phone at 248-334-3400 or via email.