Who Qualifies for Associate
For over 100 years only lawyers could join the Maryland
State Bar Association. In 2001, the MSBA authorized associate membership
for the following persons:
(a) Law Students: A law student, currently enrolled in
(b) Paralegal/Legal Assistants: A paralegal/legal
assistant is a person qualified through education, training or work
experience to perform work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and
is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person
shall be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency
or other entity or be authorized by administrative, statutory or court
authority to perform this work. A paralegal/legal assistant may apply for
associate membership if sponsored by an active lawyer member of the
(c) Law Firm Administrators: A law firm administrator is
a non-lawyer who is qualified through education, training or work
experience. This person shall be retained or is employed as a law office
manager or administrator by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or
other entity. A law office administrator may apply for associate
membership if sponsored by an active lawyer member of the Association.
The publications alone are worth the cost of annual
dues. The Maryland
reports everything from changes in the law to practical tips. Every
month the Bar Bulletin brings you up-to-date news about your
association, your fellow members, continuing education, career
opportunities, computer advice, and more. You’re also eligible to
purchase at the member price and be listed in the Maryland Lawyers’
Manual, the most comprehensive lawyer and judge directory in Maryland
which also includes a complete directory of government agencies.
Members also receive benefits such as discounts on car
rentals, office equipment, Lexis computerized legal research, mobile
phones, express mail, and conference calling telephone service.
Our Law Office Management Administration provides
guidance and information to our members, especially to our solo and small
firm practitioners. With an eye to rapidly changing technology, the MSBA
offers Maryland appellate opinion summaries by email through EBB,
Electronic Bar Briefs.
The staff of the MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program can
offer practical assistance to members suffering from: poor working habits,
poor office and financial organization, alcohol or drug dependency, or
lack of knowledge and skills.
MSBA represents and protects your legislative interests
before the Maryland General Assembly, through its Committee on Laws and
our office of Legislative Relations.
The Bar Associations’ Insurance Trust offers insurance
programs for disabilities, dental, basic life, supplemental life,
universal life and personal accidents. The Bar Associations’ Insurance
Trust strives to bring the best possible coverage at the least cost to
Still not convinced? How about the Continuing Legal
Education Program? You will automatically receive a 25% discount on all
courses offered by the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional
Education of Lawyers (MICPEL). There’s no better or easier way to keep
up with the constant changes in the law.
The MSBA Ethics Hotline will answer your ethical
questions free of charge as well as provide advisory written opinions. You
can also consult our members-only Ethics Online service.
Check out the MSBA’s 50 plus active sections and
committees. You can take an active role in developing legal policy in
areas of special interest to you. The personal rewards of extending your
legal knowledge through this forum can have a direct impact on the success
of your profession.
MSBA’s Annual and Mid-Year meetings offer an
opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues and sharpen your skills
through instructional sessions and presentations by prominent members of
the legal profession.
In conclusion, we remind you of the MSBA Travel Program,
which offers discounts on travel packages. Bank Of America also offers Maryland State
Bar Association members a Platinum or Gold MasterCard with no annual fees,
the Gold Reserve Credit Line and the Professional Services Account which
allows attorneys to accept VISA and MasterCard for the payment of client
You’ll find our arguments irrebuttable. The Maryland
State Bar Association is one of your best professional bargains.
Law students, paralegal/legal assistants, and law firm
administrators may participate in activities of the Association as
authorized by the Board of Governors, except that they:
1. may not participate in electing members of the Board
2. may not participate in nominating a member of the
Board or an officer of the Association, and may not serve in any of those
3. may not vote in Association elections or referendums;
4. may not sign a petition for Association elections or
5. may never have been disbarred or suspended from the
practice of law in any jurisdiction, and are of good moral character.