FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who Can Join the Ottawa County Bar Association?
The OCBA welcomes all judges, practicing lawyers, non-practicing lawyers, and law students who reside in or practice law in Ottawa County. Law student membership (for law students residing in, working in or expecting to practice in Ottawa County) will automatically convert to voting membership upon the student member’s admission to the Michigan bar. For more information about the OCBA purpose, bylaws and benefits of membership see the sections on this website About and Bylaws under the main task bar and Join under the “OCBA Membership” menu.
How much are dues?
Dues are $40, payable in April of every year. The membership year is from April through March. Membership applications are accepted throughout the year, but there is no proration of membership dues. Membership dues are already at such a reduced rate that there are no reduced levels of membership or other discounts for retired or non-practicing/inactive attorneys, new or young lawyers, attorneys in public service, or non-voting student members.
How can I join the Ottawa County Bar Association?
Potential members can join the OCBA by filling out the application and submitting dues payment for the year. Click Join under the “OCBA Membership” menu of this page. You may also contact us at OCBAcontact@gmail.com for an electronic copy or to have a hard copy application mailed to you. Applications and dues may be submitted to: Ottawa County Bar Association (OCBA), 414 Washington Ave., Suite 300, Grand Haven, MI 49417
What benefits does the Ottawa County Bar Association offer its members?
The OCBA has several benefits that cater to your legal needs. One of the primary means of communication that the courts have with lawyers practicing within the county is through the OCBA and the website. Members receive e-bulletins and updates from the association regarding court information and upcoming events. Membership entitles lawyer members to vote on issues and proposals brought before the membership and offers opportunities to serve in leadership roles and on the OCBA Board of Directors; law student members do not have voting privileges. Members who are in good standing with the Michigan Bar may choose to be listed under as many as five practice areas in the “Find a Lawyer” section of our website. In addition, the Association hosts several events for all of its members (and invited guests) throughout the year which provide opportunities for networking and social interaction with fellow lawyers and judges in the county, including a steak fry, a holiday party, a bar-bench luncheon, and a law day dinner for court staff.
How can I be listed under the “Find a Lawyer” resource on the OCBA website?
All active dues-paying members of the OCBA who are in good standing with the Michigan State Bar may choose to be listed in up to five practice areas under the “Find a Lawyer” tab of the website. This is a service to the public and to our member attorneys by providing a tool to locate an attorney and the area of law in which they’ve informed us they concentrate. This does not constitute an endorsement or referral of any listed attorney member by the Ottawa County Bar Association.
Whom do I contact regarding questions about my OCBA membership status or to make changes to my membership information or attorney referral listing?
For questions about your membership status, to rsvp for events, payment issues, or to update your membership address or e-mail, contact the OCBA Admin at OCBAcontact@gmail.com. To change or update your information under the “Find a Lawyer” listing on the website, complete this form and e-mail to: OCBAcontact@gmail.com
Where can I find information about becoming a member of the Michigan State Bar?
For information on law schools and the admission process, go to: www.lsac.org. For information on how to apply to take the bar examination, click here. Questions about the Bar Exam should be directed to the Board of Law Examiners at (517) 373-4453. For other topics relating to state bar association membership, go to the State Bar of Michigan link on the left hand menu of this page or www.michbar.org.