What can the OCBA do for you?
Our support for your practice begins here. There is no better time to join the premiere organization for legal professionals in Oakland County.
The more than 2,600 members of the Oakland County Bar Association can’t be wrong. Now is the time to join and see what you have been missing! You can help to shape a positive image of the profession, make connections with your peers and colleagues, and help educate the public about the law and your role as a lawyer.
New lawyers can take advantage of the OCBA's free trial one-year membership.
The OCBA is working hard to make your
practice work hard for YOU!
- Networking and Social Events – The OCBA typically hosts 10 or more premiere networking and social events throughout the year, such as the Annual Meeting, Holiday Gala, Golf Outing, Circuit-Probate and District Court Bench/Bar Conferences, Taste of Diversity, and more! Click on the calendar of events and find out what's coming up.
- Committee Participation – The OCBA’s committees keep members informed of significant developments in their areas of practice and shape association policy on issues of professional concern. Participation in a committee is a free benefit to OCBA members and is a great way to meet and network with your colleagues. Access the list of OCBA committees, and contact the respective staff liaison(s) to join.
- Solo/Small Firm Listserv – Are you a solo practitioner or a member of a small firm? Become a member of our Listserv, where you can get answers to your questions and join in conversations with your colleagues, right from your office. Click this link to join the Listserv and request to subscribe, or contact Katie Tillinger.
- Professional Development Seminars and Trainings – The OCBA's Professional Development Committee strives to offer exciting and interesting professional development seminars and events to improve the practice of law. Upcoming trainings and seminars are listed on the calendar of events. Learning doesn’t stop after law school!
- LACHES – Stay current on changes and updates in the law, Oakland County Circuit Court, Oakland County Probate Court and the Oakland County district courts through substantive articles.
- Pro Bono Mentor Match Program – Become a mentor and be matched with a new lawyer who has agreed to take a pro bono case from one of our legal aid partners. Cases referred are in the areas of family law, including simple no-asset divorce disputes, landlord-tenant, expungements and debt collection. Foreclosure and immigration cases, as well as more complex cases, are also available under the expanded pro bono program. For more information or to volunteer for the Pro Bono Mentor Match program contact the professional development coordinator at 248-334-3400.
- Become a Case Evaluator – The OCBA Case Evaluation Service processes all applications and hosts orientation meetings for both District and Circuit Court Case Evaluators in Oakland County. The OCBA administers District Court Case Evaluation, and the Circuit Court's Caseflow Office handles the administration and assignment of Circuit Court Case Evaluation. For more information contact Bonnie Laux.
- Inns of Court – The OCBA's chapter of American Inns of Court (the “Inn”) is composed of lawyers, judges, students and other legal professionals of all levels and backgrounds. Members build and strengthen professional relationships, discuss fundamental concerns about professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day, share experiences and advice, encourage passion and dedication for the law, provide mentoring opportunities, and advance the highest levels of integrity, ethics and civility.
- Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) – This helpful resource has been matching callers with competent attorneys to answer their questions for more than 20 years! The OCBA provides attorney referrals for individuals who may not otherwise know how or where to locate a lawyer in Oakland County.
- Free Legal Aid Clinics – The OCBA, in partnership with Oakland County Youth Assistance, Legal Aid and Defender, and the Family Law Assistance Project, host four free Legal Aid Clinics in various Oakland County locations throughout the year. Legal Aid Clinics are made possible with the generous support of the Oakland County Bar Foundation.
- Peer Referrals – What better compliment is there than to receive a client referral from a colleague? Active OCBA members often receive client referrals from other OCBA members they have met at trainings, meetings and events.
- Speak as an Expert – The OCBA offers opportunities for you to speak as an expert in your area of practice at our professional development trainings and seminars, including the bench/bar conferences. Additionally, the chairs and vice chairs of OCBA committees often look for speakers to present at monthly meetings and discuss current issues affecting their area of practice.
- Get Published! – OCBA members are given the opportunity to contribute written articles for publication in LACHES. LACHES is published 10 times per year, and is read by more than 3,100 attorneys, judges, paralegals, law school students and other legal professionals. For more information, contact Kristen Dimich.
- Influence Legislation – The OCBA is the only voluntary bar association to work with a lobbying firm to give our members, and the legal profession, a strong and influential voice on current Michigan legislation. The Legislative Committee tracks bills affecting the legal profession, and makes recommendations to the OCBA board of directors.
Eager volunteers are always needed for the many law-related education programs we host throughout the year. All of our LRE programs are made possible by the generous support of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kristen Dimich.
Besides the numerous professional benefits, the OCBA also has partnered with select vendors to provide discounts to our members.
Have you decided you should join?
Click on the link for information about membership types and dues. You can purchase your membership immediately at the online store or, if you prefer to pay by check, download the application and mail it to the OCBA offices.