Take an active role in your Bar Association to get the most benefit. The trick is making the time to take advantage of them. Some benefits are truly simple... like Member Benefits that give discounts on various products and services, including legal technology. Others help you stay up-to-date on the latest in law. And, of course, there is the fun stuff - networking and special events.
Committees and Special Events
Connect with other attorneys, get involved in your trade, and generally, have fun.If you have an interest in another area of law that you aren't yet practicing, this can be a good resource to introduce you to the topic. These connections also help you build your practice and referral network.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Expand your existing skill set or add some new skills. Or both. All organized and ready for you. Sure they are required but look past that. Consider topics you genuinely want to become more experienced in. One of our favorites is technology, but consider practice management, building positive experiences for your clients, and even change management.
Discounted Programs and Perks
Well, this is a no brainer. From legal practice needs and beyond, many bar associations offer discounts to services you need. Some offer discounts with local business including restaurants, gym memberships, office services, printing, and even local theater. It only takes a few clicks to get those benefits.
So many possibilities! From legal research libraries to case and practice management software, online resources improves your efficiency. And, well, that's always a good thing.
Lawyer Referral Services
Clients search so many online platforms to help find the right attorney for them. Naturally, the bar association website is a great tool to help you attract new clients. Be sure your profile is as complete as possible. If you have an online review site, like Yelp, be sure to include that in your profile, too.
So, take advantage of your membership. All it takes is a bit of an effort on your part to reap the most rewards.