Thinking about joining the Memphis Bar Association? There are many benefits, from resources, CLE programming, special events and networking, it's a great way for you to connect to the local legal community.
Many attorneys say that practicing law in Memphis is different than in other cities...there's still a high level of professional courtesy and collegiality that makes practicing more enjoyable and less stressful.
When I think of the MBA, I think first of the relationships that I have made throughout my years of practice - from YLD happy hours to Mock Trial to innumerable CLEs. Invariably when I work on a case, there is another lawyer or judge involved whom I have gotten to know through my participation in bar association activities. I am convinced that it helps me serve my clients when I know the other participants in a way that goes beyond the confines of that particular case file. - Tommy Parker, MBA Past President
Through my active work with the MBA, I have met many attorneys who specialize in areas of law different from my practice. These connections provide a great source of information and referral options. - Abby Webb, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh
Being a member of the MBA has allowed me to meet and network with attorneys outside of my area of practice which is important to me. - Damon Griffin, U.S. Attorney's Office
When a bill was introduced in the legislature to abolish two divisions of Circuit Court, the MBA joined other individuals and organizations to defeat it. When judicial elections were held last year, the MBA conducted a Judicial Preference Poll that was widely shared among voters.
I am a member of the MBA because it is THE representative organization of the Bar in Shelby County. The organization is dedicated to supporting the practices of lawyers in our community and helping to restore the public’s trust in our profession. - Emily Landry, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
The MBA provides access to numerous CLE seminars, the quarterly Memphis Lawyer magazine, the weekly Bar Bulletin e-newsletter, and the MBA website.
Section membership gives you access to those who practice in the same area, and the MBA's many sponsors offer information and services that can make your practice more efficient and effective. Develop your leadership skills by getting involved in the YLD, being a section officer or chairing a committee.
The MBA offers many opportunities to help people get access to lawyers and the legal system who otherwise would be on their own. In addition, the MBA puts on the Summer Law Intern Program that gives minority high school students a chance to find out what practicing law is like, and to encourage them to consider law as a career. The YLD sponsors the annual High School Mock Trial Competition, the largest in the state.
There are a few ways to submit your application:
Once your application has been finalized, you will be sent a link to set-up a username and password to login to your Member Center account and fill out your profile (practice areas, firm website, LinkedIn, twitter, etc.)
Need to renew your membership? Have questions? Contact our Membership Director, Lauren Gooch, via phone (901) 260-3276 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will respond as soon as possible.
A new convenient and secure way to pay your Memphis Bar Association dues
Is auto renewal option available for all membership categories?
Yes, auto renew includes all membership dues categories as well as section membership, AWA and NBA dues, and any other add-ons.
How do I select this payment option and how does it work?
Choose the “auto renew” option when renewing your dues. The credit card you enter to pay your current dues will automatically be billed each year on the membership renewal date.
Can I review, change or delete this payment option during the year?
Yes. Members can review their membership category and invoices in the membership profile section on the MBA website. You can delete auto renewal from the “Manage Profile” page.
What happens if my credit card expires or does not work when it is billed?
You will receive a notification email from the MBA. The email will include a link to the outstanding dues invoice and will allow you to update the credit card information. Your membership will not renew until the credit card information is updated in your membership profile.
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