The Ottawa County Bar Association (OCBA) has been in existence since 1975 and currently has a membership of over 140 practicing or retired attorneys. The OCBA represents the interests of the attorneys practicing law and/or living within Ottawa County,Michigan. The primary purposes and activities of the OCBA are to aid in promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advances in jurisprudence, to facilitate communication and coordination between attorneys and the courts in which we practice, to improve relations between the legal profession and the public, and to promote the interests of the local legal community.
With these goals in mind, the OCBA has provided financial support and community outreach in various ways, including support for local legal aid initiatives to provide legal representation for low-income persons. The association also funds the Elise Joy Frantz scholarship to encourage and support local high school graduates who wish to pursue further education in the area of public service or law. The OCBA has taken positions on legal procedures with the courts and on legal issues by filing an amicus brief. Our members serve on a host of diverse boards and initiatives within Ottawa County and the State, seeking to improve our communities, our courts and our laws.
Among the activities sponsored and supported by the OCBA, along with the Ottawa County Courts, are the annual Law Day Celebrations and the Bar-Bench meeting. As part of Law Day, celebrated on May 1, “Law Week” includes ceremonies, events, and various seminars at the Court offered for the public on relevant legal topics and the Law Day dinner hosted by the OCBA with court staff invited as our guests. At the bar-bench meeting every fall, attorneys, judges and court personnel gather for a luncheon and presentations and discussions regarding current topics and issues affecting our practice in the Courts. We also enjoy various social events as an organization, such the Fall Steak Fry and Golf Outing in memory of our colleague, Neal Stanton, and our Holiday party in December.
Please review our website for more information on these and other activities and events. For more information on joining our association, click here to Join.