Frequently Asked Questions

 

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 has multiple different types of membership. To read about the different types of membership and see which one would fit your needs visit our Membership Rates and Types page

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How much is membership?

OCBA membership rates vary depending on how long you have been admitted to practice in the state of Michigan. Click here for the current membership rates and if you qualify for the membership special.


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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. Whether you need to grow your client base, broaden your areas of expertise or hone your negotiation skills, with us you will. The OCBA's committees, courses, and connections to our legal community help enable our members to achieve their professional goals. Learn more.

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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 public can call the LRS 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 is 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. Learn more.

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

Yes! The complete listing can be found here.

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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.

 

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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 arein 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 the former 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?

Depending on type of membership, whether you have recently been a member and what month it is, your membership may be prorated. You may contact Katie Tillinger to verify if it is and what the amount would be, or if there is a prorated amount, that amount will be displayed before you check out when you complete your online application.

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What events does the OCBA host?

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

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When is the renewal period for OCBA membership?

Renewal notices are mailed to members each May or June. 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.

 

Still have questions?

Contact the OCBA at (248) 334-3400

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