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The WCBA office is located in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court, 101 E. Huron, Suite 1111, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
WCBA members are listed on our website in our Member Directory. This member directory is available to the general public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.