Memphis Bar Association

Frequently Asked Questions about MBA Membership

Ever Wonder Where Your Dues Go?
As an MBA member, your dues support a wide range of activities designed to serve the profession and the public. A breakdown of your dues dollar looks like this:

What Responsibilites Do Committees Have?
Below is a list of each committee and a brief statement of what it does. To sign up to serve on a MBA committee, call the MBA office at 901.527.3573.

Access to JusticeCreates opportunities for the legal community to engage in pro bono activities, such as the Saturday Legal Clinics and Attorney of the Day programs.
Bar History—Oversees the educational programs developed in 2009 in conjunction with the Shelby County Courthouse Centennial Celebration, including public Courthouse tours, educational materials for students and historical displays.
Bench Bar Conference—Plans & coordinates the annual Bench Bar Conference in Destin (April 28-May 2, 2010).
CLEPlans & produces the 70+ seminars sponsored by the MBA each year.
Diversity—Oversees the Summer Law Intern Program for minority high school students.
Finance—Oversees the MBA’s financial situation and budget.
Judicial Practice & Procedure—Serves as liaison between the Bench and Bar to improve the public’s confidence in the judiciary and to suggest changes to procedures.
Law Week—Coordinates activities to celebrate and honor the rule of law during Law Week.
Legal Fee Dispute—Committee members serve on panels to arbitrate fee disputes between attorneys and clients.
Membership/Networking—Creates strategies to recruit & retain members and to create collegiality and camaraderie among attorneys.
Professionalism—Educates and mentors attorneys about appropriate professional conduct as outlined in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy & Conduct.
Public Service/Public Relations—Develops opportunities for attorneys to engage in public service and publicizes the contributions attorneys have made to our community.
Publications—Develops the content for Memphis Lawyer, the bimonthly magazine of the MBA.
Technology—Educates the legal profession on the emerging legal and ethical issues surrounding technology and serves as a resource for attorneys on technology issues.
Unauthorized Practice of Law—Investigates complaints made by judges, attorneys and the public of persons who may be engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
Wellness—Provides information on how attorneys can achieve wellness in their professional and personal lives and provides opportunities for lawyers with similar hobbies to socialize.

Why Should I Join an MBA Section?
MBA sections are made up of attorneys in similar practice settings who come together to share insight and experience. The knowledge gained through this type of working relationship is invaluable to an attorney’s career.
     Each section has its own governing officers, and meets on its own, calling on the MBA staff for budget and administrative needs, CLE seminar operations, and publicity/communications. When you join a section, you will be added to the section’s mailing list and receive regular updates on meetings, events, and CLE seminars pertaining to that practice area.

What is the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)?
The Young Lawyers Division is open to attorneys age 36 or younger or who have been in practice 3 years or less. Attorneys who meet that criteria automatically become members of the YLD at no extra charge. The YLD is a very active division of the MBA hosting monthly happy hours, CLE seminars, numerous community service projects, an annual golf tournament, softball and basketball leagues and the local high school mock trial tournament.

What is the Senior Lawyers Division (SLD)?
New in 2006, the Senior Lawyers Division is open to attorneys age 60 and older. Attorneys who meet that criteria automatically become members of the SLD at no extra charge. Among its activities, the SLD partnered with the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court and the MBA YLD on a mentoring program. 

Hopefully this information helped to answer some of your questions about MBA membership. For more information, please contact the MBA office at 901.527.3573. 

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