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MSBA President's Message

Watch the latest video message from MSBA President Dana Williams to see how we are responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Fighting for the Profession

  • MSBA rallied thousands in a successful 2020 campaign against a taxation of legal services bill that would have affected the interests of all Maryland law firms and practitioners. The legal profession is safe from attack based on our collective action.
  • MSBA continues to advocate in Annapolis, connecting members to local legislators in our annual Lobby Day and speaking up for standardized courthouse entry procedures.
  • MSBA speaks up for you when it matters most.

 

Supporting the Profession

  • MSBA immediately responded to COVID-19 and offered resources to all legal professions during this time of crisis. MSBA created a dedicated COVID-19 website, provided dozens of live and on-demand COVID-19 related webinars, conducted virtual town halls and meetings with MSBA leaders and sections, and connected with leaders including the Maryland and federal Judiciary and the Governor’s Office to advocate for the profession and seek clarity regarding orders.
  • During the COVID crisis, MSBA is providing its entire on-demand CLE catalog of 150+ products for free to the entire legal profession, when you need it the most.
  • MSBA continues to work with the Judiciary throughout the year, beyond COVID-19 issues, such as courthouse entry and more.
  • MSBA facilitates doing good for society and your profession in numerous direct and indirect ways.

 

Keeping You Connected: Virtual and In-Person Communities

  • MSBA connects you to leaders in the profession through dozens of virtual and in-person networking and events, including speakers, panels, and section coffee talks.
  • MSBA creates online communities through MSBA Connect for each of our 30 substantive law sections where members can share ideas, referrals, and resources in real-time.
  • MSBA brings you networking apps like Treble to connect you to your peers and develop “wishes” to further your practice.

 

Enhancing Your Career

  • Unlimited free legal research. MSBA members can access Fastcase, a comprehensive innovative database of legal research and legal news, valued at over $1,000 per year.
  • MSBA creates high-quality CLEs via webcast, on-demand, and in person, spanning all practice sectors. Learn anytime, anywhere, at your pace.
  • Out of state attorneys: meet your MCLE compliance goals through our programs, and receive one free accredited throuCLE, up to 6.5 credits, when you join or renew online.
  • MSBA’s 60+ publications provide a variety of offerings to support your practice sector, with over a dozen new titles each year to bring you the latest in the law.
  • Coming Soon: MSBA Learning Library with tools & resources filled with articles, templates, forms, and other information to help you in your day to day practice.

 

Helping Your Colleagues

MSBA provides wellness resources to support your professional and personal well-being. Your membership also provides free services to hundreds of lawyers in need.

  • Your membership dues provide free, confidential Health and Wellness services from certified professionals through our Lawyer Assistance Program to help hundreds of legal professionals with mental health and substance use disorders.
  • MSBA offers weekly virtual support groups during the COVID-19 crisis, as we all confront personal and professional challenges.
  • MSBA provides online support for your well-being through our Health and Wellness Portal and our COVID-19 Wellness Resources page.
 

Amplifying Your Voice

  • MSBA’s award-winning quarterly Bar Journal regularly profiles members and firms.
  • MSBA’s members consistently contribute to the Bar Journal, eWeekly, and our online blogs.
  • MSBA recognizes and celebrates achievements of legal professionals through our sections, our foundation, and third party organizations.

 

Demonstrating Leadership and Supporting Access to Justice

  • Your dues allow MSBA to help thousands of Marylanders access civil legal aid representation and advocate for change through the Access to Justice Commission.
  • Your dues provide training for pro bono legal representation and provide thousands of Marylanders with pro bono legal services through MSBA’s partner organizations.
  • Your dues help educate the next generation of lawyers through student mentorship programs, mock trials, and courtroom connections.

 

All this, and more.
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