Associate Membership in the American Bar Association Awaits You
The American Bar Association (ABA) now has a new category of membership for those who are interested in the work of the ABA. The Associate Membership is for paralegals, law librarians, and other non-lawyers interested in the law. The mission of the ABA is to improve the administration of justice through practical resources for its members through equally serving “our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.”
Why should you do this? If your goal is to become proficient in your chosen specialty, this is the opportunity to sharpen your skills through networking with colleagues, increasing your expertise, and expanding your opportunities. Associate Membership is $177 per year, beginning in September. If you join before that, the additional amount will be prorated and included with your annual dues. For an additional charge, there are specialty groups to join with your membership which allow “more in-depth examination of issues, regulations, and national trends.” Specialty groups include Business Law, Family Law, Litigation, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, among many others. There are forums available for you to “explore and monitor new areas of law as they emerge on a national scale.” Membership includes the annual subscription to the monthly ABA Journal as well as online resources including the specialty areas. The ABA website has a directory of ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs should you decide to continue your legal education with a degree. For more information, see http://www.americanbar.org/membership/dues_eligibility.html.
Allison Streepey, B.A., CRS, PLS, is currently the Departmental Business Manager for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Office of Educational Development. She worked in research administration for many years following a legal assistant role in contract, real estate, and estate planning law. She loves being a member of NALS and learning about the members and the activities of NALS’ legal education.