Member Benefits

Association Office

The WCBA office is located in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court, 101 E. Huron, Suite 1111, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104.

 

Committees 

The WCBA has 16 committees in which you may become involved. A few of the committees are Bias Awareness, Golf Outing, Public Service, 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. 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 $2 per page.)

 

Health Benefits

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 in our Member Directory. This member directory is available to the general public.

 

Law Library with Computers

The County Law Library is located within 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 Michigan Statutes, Child Support and Alimony Calculations (through MarginSoft), and the internet. The computers may also be used to make last minute changes to orders.

 

Law Sections

Sections increase member knowledge through information sharing and informal educational programs. There are 15 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. 

 

Membership Meetings

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 while networking, fostering relationships, and learning about various topics.

 

New Lawyers

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 Opportunities

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 bi-monthly magazine published by and for WCBA members, 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. 

 

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.

 

 

Meet a WCBA Attorney

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Dawn Welk Wise

Irani & Wise, PLC
900 Victors Way, Suite 170 Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (734) 995-4900
Fax: (734) 995-4987
P Number: 54291

I started working in immigration law as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in 1992, and I have been hooked ever since. Before, during, and after my law education at Wayne State University Law School (1999 graduate), I have worked in various environments (law firm, university, government), which has allowed me to develop a broad perspective on immigration law issues.

It is hard to articulate all of the things I love about immigration law. First and foremost, it is my clients, their drive to succeed and to better their new country while providing the best possible lives for their families. We understand that everything is on the line, and I value the trust that each client has placed in me in order to make life plans fall into place. I want to use my knowledge, attention to detail, and professional skills to put clients' minds at ease as they navigate through a very difficult legal process.

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