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You Can’t Afford Not to be a Member
Did you know that your Maine State Bar Association membership costs less each month than one tank of gas, a movie night for two, or a round of mini golf for a family of four? That’s right…a typical member practicing for more than five years pays less than $22 per month! Semi-retired, non-practicing, and new lawyers pay even less than that. It’s interesting when you put that amount into perspective, and compare it to the thousands of dollars in measurable savings and intangible benefits you receive as a member of the MSBA. Here are some:
Casemaker is a comprehensive online legal research library exclusively for MSBA members. Have you looked at Casemaker lately? This is not the Casemaker of several years ago…coverage of materials has expanded and we’ve added premium services, making Casemaker worth more than $950 per year. In addition to a robust library of state and federal materials, the research tool offers:
· CiteCheck for analysis of all citations, with a report of good law, negative treatments and potential citation format errors
· Casecheck+, to report positive and negative treatments
· Casemaker Digest for daily summaries of the latest state and federal appellate decisions classified by practice area
· The ability to personalize and save searches
· Mobile applications
· Free webinars, instructional videos and a live chat service
In a low-key yet supportive way, the Maine State Bar Association offers a program to assist lawyers in dealing with problems in substantive areas and administrative areas of the law where there may be a lack of familiarity or comfort in helping a client. The program is open to any attorney who is challenged by new or unfamiliar areas of the law where some help and guidance would benefit both the practitioner and the client. A dedicated group of attorneys stands ready to assist, and the program provides confidentiality recognized by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Maine Bar Rule 13 (c) (1). For Silent Partners assistance or to volunteer as an advisory panel member, contact Angela Weston at (207) 622-7523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proud Member Logo
The MSBA is proud to introduce a new "Proud Member" logo for exclusive member use. As a member of the Maine State Bar Association, you are invited--and encouraged--to use the Proud Member logo on your business materials. Displaying the MSBA's Proud Member logo sends a strong message to your clients and fellow attorneys that you are committed to the growth and success of your law firm and to the legal community. Contact Kathryn Holub at (207) 622-7523 or email@example.com for more information about this program.
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But There's More!
Members can use MSBA Headquarters as daily office space or for depositions and business meetings.
If you're in the Augusta area and need a work space for a few hours, drop in. If you need space for a meeting or deposition, call us to make a room reservation. This is your office away from home—and we'd love to see you!
Members receive free and discounted CLE credits.
Members receive three free CLE credits every year and pay discounted member rates for all MSBA-sponsored CLE programs. Members are also eligible to join the CLE Club, which provides additional discounts.
The MSBA protects your interests and keeps you informed.
Through email updates, legislative alerts, The Supplement and the quarterly Maine Bar Journal, the Association informs and reports on current issues affecting the profession and the practice of law, as well as on substantive legal issues. And, at the State House and beyond, the Association's lobbying team works to protect your interests, enhance the profession and improve the justice system.