Get the answers to all of your questions about OCBA membership, and then join us!

The OCBA is pleased to serve the professional needs of our members and welcomes questions from members and non-members alike. We offer this resource to answer any questions you may have about the benefits of OCBA membership. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

 

Are there different types of membership?

The OCBA offers five types of memberships. They are:

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

Associate Membership – Associate members must be licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan, be in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan and be engaged in full-time employment with a governmental agency or department, or with a 501(c)(3) organization.

Law School Affiliate Membership - Law School affiliate members are not full-time active legal practitioners, but are employed by a law school – such as professors, teachers, teaching assistants and administrators.

Paralegal Membership - Paralegal members are qualified through education, training or work experience and are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in performance of legal services (not primarily clerical or secretarial) and work under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney. Must be sponsored annually by an OCBA member who certifies as to the above.

Student Membership - 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.

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. Sustaining members receive invitations to an exclusive annual event only for sustaining members and are recognized as stellar supporters of legal ideals. To read more about sustaining membership and it's benefits click here.

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How much is membership?

Fee Schedule - Dues valid from July 1 – June 30, 2017

The OCBA is currently running a membership special that you may qualify for if you haven't been a member before or your membership has lapsed for more than two years.  The rates below are a reflection of this special. If you do not qualify for this special, but still wish to renew your membership the dues below are correct but your membership will only be valid through 06/30/2016.

Admitted to
Practice
Regular
Member
Associate
Member
Law School
Affiliate
Sustaining*
07/2015 – 06/2016 New lawyers may receive the first OCBA fiscal year of membership FREE (add $50 for sustaining membership) - contact us for details
07/2014 – 06/2015 $120 $80 $80 add $50
07/2013– 06/2014 $160 $105 $105 add $50
07/2012 – 06/2013 $200 $130 $130 add $50
before
06/2012
$250 $160 $160 add $50

Paralegal Member – $45 (add $50 for Sustaining Membership)
Student Member – $25 
(add $50 for Sustaining Membership)


Dues listed above (except Paralegal and Student dues) include a $10 voluntary contribution to fund increased support of Legal Assistance services in Oakland County and a $10 voluntary contribution to Oakland County Bar Foundation. You may deduct one or both if you elect not to make these contributions. Paralegal and Student dues are not eligible for membership specials. All membership fees include a one-year subscription to LACHES.

*Sustaining membership dues renew annually in July of each fiscal year. $50 is a pro rated fee and will be valid through 06/30/2016.  You will be billed an additional $100 to continue your sustaining membership through 06/30/2017 with the rest of your membership.

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Why should I belong to the OCBA?

Membership in the Oakland County Bar Association provides many benefits that will enhance your legal career.

 

  • Monthly Publication - LACHES, our award-winning monthly publication, is consistently rated as a top member benefit. It is a 40-page magazine that affords members an opportunity to publish substantive articles and offer thoughtful viewpoints and ideas about legal practice and the law.
     
  • Committees and Networking - The OCBA offers members many professional development opportunities. There are more than 30 committees to choose from that will help you network with colleagues as well as keep you up-to-date in your area of practice.
     
  • Professional Involvement and Outreach - Attend substantive law and law practice management seminars. Register with the Speakers Bureau and Mentor Program. Participation in one of our numerous public service programs is a great way to enhance the reputation of lawyers.
     
  • Members-Only Benefits - Membership in the OCBA gives you access to a members-only Lawyers Conference Room at the Oakland County courthouse, an online Career Center, room rentals at the bar offices, an American Inns of Court chapter, and abundant networking and social events throughout the year. Also, as a voluntary bar, the OCBA can and does take positions on legislative matters of importance to the legal profession.​

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How do I join?

To join online and pay by credit card, click here. To pay by check, download and complete the OCBA membership application and return it to the OCBA at 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

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How do I join a committee?

The OCBA has more than 30 committees and committee membership is free. Click here for more information about each of the OCBA committees.

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Can I receive client referrals from the OCBA?

Yes. The OCBA operates the Oakland County Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). The LRS is a service the public can call to receive a referral to an LRS panelist who can assist them with their legal matter. There is an additional fee of $150 per year (or $75 for half year)  for inclusion on the LRS panel. Panelists must provide proof of liability insurance. LRS panel membership for a full year term from July 1-June 30. LRS membership is not currently included with any member specials. Download the OCBA LRS application, or for more information please contact LRS at (248) 338-2100.

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How do I become a member of the board of directors?

A member is eligible for election to the board of directors when he or she has been a regular member for at least four years immediately preceding the election. Interested members should submit a letter of interest to the Nominating Committee, which convenes by the first week of February each year. From the pool of interested members, the Nominating Committee will submit two names for each seat to be filled in the next election. In selecting candidates, the Nominating Committee places great weight on past bar involvement including committee membership, event attendance and community outreach.

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Are there any discounts on products or services available through my OCBA membership?

Yes! The complete listing is in the Member Benefits section. 

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Where is the OCBA located?

The address is 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302. The OCBA offices are north of Square Lake Road on the west side of Telegraph Road, directly across from Lowe's and Page Honda.


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Directions to the OCBA

If you are traveling north on Telegraph
The OCBA is about one mile north of Square Lake Road on the west (left) side of Telegraph just past Carl’s Golfland. We are
in the Hertz Schram building, directly across the street from Lowe's.

If you are traveling south on Telegraph 
The OCBA is in the Hertz Schram building on the west (right) side of Telegraph just past House of Bedrooms. You’ve gone too far if you've passed Carl’s Golfland.

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If I join the OCBA during the middle of the bar year, will my dues be prorated?

The OCBA does not prorate dues. You are expected to pay your dues in full whenever you decide to join or renew your membership.

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What events does the OCBA host?

The OCBA hosts five premier events each year: the Golf Outing in July, Race Judicata and the Sustaining Member Reception in September, Holiday Gala in December, and the Annual Meeting in June. Additionally, our active committees coordinate dozens of other events throughout the year. Visit the OCBA Calendar of Events to learn about all of the networking opportunities scheduled this year.

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When is the renewal period for OCBA membership?

Renewal notices are mailed to members each May. The fiscal year starts July 1, so membership renewal dues should be paid by that time.

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Is continuing legal education (CLE) offered and is it mandatory in the state of Michigan?

Continuing legal education is not mandatory in Michigan. However, CLE credits are required for attorneys seeking criminal, probate, and juvenile appointments at the Oakland County Circuit Court. The OCBA is an approved provider of these credits and offers many classes throughout the year at the bar office. To learn more about available CLE courses, contact the CLE Coordinator at (248) 334-3400 and watch the calendar of events for upcoming seminars.

 

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