The WCBA office is temporarily located in the Washtenaw County Annex, 110 N. Fourth Avenue, in downtown Ann Arbor. Feel free to stop in anytime. We are scheduled to move back to the Circuit Court, 101 E. Huron, 1st Floor in March 2012.
The WCBA has 14 committees in which you may become involved. A few of the committees are Bias Awareness, Golf Outing, Public Service, Bar Revue, and Silent Auction.
Continuing Legal Education
Seminars on substantive law areas and practice skills are sponsored each year covering a range of timely topics. WCBA members receive substantial discounts on these seminars. Printed materials accompany each seminar, and materials from past seminars are available through the WCBA office.
Copying, Printing, and Faxing Services - FREE to WCBA Members
WCBA members may use WCBA equipment, free of charge, to make copies, print documents, and send or receive faxes. (The cost for non-members is $1 per page.)
The WCBA is affiliated with Blue Cross-Blue Shield (Paul Goebel Group 1-800-632-4591) and Professional Human Capital (Chris Beltz, 248-784-1931; this plan does not require more than one participant), enabling members to obtain health insurance through a health maintenance organization for themselves, their families, and their staff members at competitive rates.
Inclusion in our Online Directory
WCBA members are listed on our website (www.washbar.org) in our Member Directory. This member directory is available to the general public.
Law Library with Computers
The County Law Library is located adjacent to the WCBA office. A WCBA committee strives to make the library helpful to practitioners and others. There are two computers located in the library from which you may access Westlaw. You may also access ENACT, JIS, Michigan Statutes, and Child Support and Alimony Calculations (through MarginSoft), and the internet. The computers may also be used to make last minutes changes to orders.
Sections increase member knowledge through information sharing and informal educational programs. There are 16 sections open to all members. See the list of sections for chairs, phone numbers and email addresses.
Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)
The Lawyer Referral and Information Service serves both the public and WCBA members and is designed to assist people first in determining the need for a lawyer, and then in referring them to attorneys who can handle the problems they are facing. By answering a growing public need, LRIS panelists help enhance the image of attorneys, and referrals sometimes result in ongoing lawyer-client relationships. For more information, contact LRIS Coordinator, Candy Newton, (734) 996-3229 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to access a registration form, please go to the applications section of our website.
Dinner meetings and other social functions are held six or seven times a year. These provide opportunities for attorneys to meet in relaxed and informal settings. These meetings are great ways to network, foster relationships, and learn about various topics.
The New Lawyers Section is an active group of WCBA members dedicated to bridging the gap between school and practice. All WCBA members in practice less than ten years are automatically members of the New Lawyers Section. New lawyers as well as seasoned practitioners benefit from a variety of programs.
Notary Public - FREE to WCBA Members
Our Executive Director is a Notary Public. This may come in handy if you find yourself at the courthouse with a document that needs notarizing.
Public Service Opportunties
Our Public Service Committee provides many opportunities to give back to the community. One annual event is Constitution Day. In celebration of Constitution Day, some of our attorneys volunteer to spend time with local youth doing law-related activities.
Res Ipsa Loquitur and Washtenaw County Legal News - FREE to WCBA Members
The Res Ipsa Loquitur is a magazine published by and for WCBA members six times a year, and the Washtenaw County Legal News is a weekly publication. These publications offer substantive articles on legal issues, helpful practice pointers, reports on association activities, plus notification of workshops and upcoming events. These publications are free to our members.
U of M Credit Union
WCBA members are eligible for membership in the University of Michigan Credit Union, a non-profit financial cooperative which offers full service banking together with a share in the ownership.
Visa/MasterCard/Discover Merchant Program
Attorneys may enroll in the WCBA's charge card program, allowing them to accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover charges from their clients.