Being a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association has its advantages. There’s a variety of free stuff and discounted services and programs available to OBA members only. You’re sure to find a benefit that saves you money or enhances your practice.
E-News — Current OBA news and information to assist in your law practice that is sent semimonthly to members with an email address as part of their official roster information.
Fastcase — The OBA offers online legal research software as a free benefit to all OBA members. The OBA has contracted with Fastcase to provide national coverage, unlimited usage, unlimited customer service and unlimited printing at no cost to bar members as a part of their existing bar membership. MobileSync makes the Fastcase Legal Research member benefit even more powerful. It gives you the option to link your Fastcase for the iPhone or iPad app with your desktop account. Mobile Sync automatically syncs your activity history and saved favorites on any of the Fastcase applications, so no work is ever lost. When you log in through www.okbar.org, you will see the favorites saved on your iPhone or iPad. To use Fastcase, sign in with your MyOKBar username (OBA number) and password on the OBA website.
www.okbar.org — Main website of the OBA with links to all other OBA web presences. Information is primarily geared for members, but contains a great deal of information for the public.
MyOKBar — Big changes are taking place right now to this members-only portion of the website currently in transition. If you've paid your dues online or enrolled in OBA CLE recently, you've seen a sneak peek of the new and improved site that is not fully operational yet -- but will be soon! At this time, paying dues, enrolling in OBA CLE and searching the member roster can all be accessed by going to www.okbar.org and clicking on the "Pay Your OBA Dues Here" banner. You can also receive electronic communications from the bar by adding your email address to the roster. Plus, a new feature allows you to print a temporary bar card and print receipts from previous dues and CLE payments.
OBA-NET — OBA-NET is a message board and file sharing service that allows members to help each other through online participation. You must register for OBA-NET, and your password will be different from your MyOKBar account.
Online CLE — Members can earn unlimited MCLE credits through our quality live audio programs, webcasts and webast encores scheduled on a certain date and time. You can also access on-demand programs 24/7 but are limited to earning 6 hours of on-demand MCLE credits each year.
Oklahoma Find A Lawyer — The OBA website where members of the public can find lawyers by practice area and geographical area is www.oklahomafindalawyer.com. OBA members are not automatically listed, but can activate their listing and choose their substantive practice and geographical areas by logging into my.OKBar from the front page of www.okbar.org. Click on the "FindALawyer Signup" link. OBA members also use this tool to locate fellow OBA members by substantive practice area for possible referrals.
Online research links — A one-page resource to quickly find the Oklahoma Supreme Court website, look up Oklahoma cases and statutes online. Can be used to find the online site of the Court of Criminal Appeals or any of Oklahoma’s district courts, locate a state or federal agency, locate a federal court site, find a municipal ordinance, rules from local or federal courts or the current judicial pictorial directory. As a bonus there are many other links to assist in your legal and factual research.
NEW - OBA Speakers Bureau — A new, one-of-a-kind, automated online service that connects schools and civic clubs with lawyers who can speak on a number of important topics and issues. Lawyers may indicate the county or counties where they are willing to make presentations. Speeches, outlines and handouts prepared by the OBA’s Bench and Bar Committee on selected topics for presentation to public groups are available as resources. Go to speakers.okbar.org to sign up.
Oklahoma Bar Journal — 34 issues of the Oklahoma Bar Journal are published annually, containing articles, court opinions, substantive law, state bar news, professional changes, member news (moves, kudos, additions to firms, etc.), master calendar of judicial and bar events, free to active members, $60 annual subscription, discounted rate for senior members and Oklahoma law students. Specially printed binders to keep bar journals organized on a shelf are available at $15.95 each by contacting the Communications Department. An archive of issues from 2005 to present can be found online.
Continuing Legal Education materials — Continuing Legal Education books and materials are available for purchase, as an affordable way to get quality, state-specific practice aids. Electronic forms are also available. A complete list of topics can be found online at www.okbar.org/members/cle.
Consumer information brochures — Pamphlets on 15 topics covering commonly asked questions to give to clients, are sold to OBA members at a minimal cost of $16 for 100. Brochure topics are: wills, probate, joint tenancy, home buying, tenant rights and duties, landlord rights, divorce, small claims court, employee rights, bankruptcy, trial juror information, lawyers & legal fees, advanced directive, criminal law and resolving conflicts and disputes. As a community service, the OBA distributes the brochures free to courthouses and libraries throughout the state. There’s an order form online.
Title Examination Standards — Contains all the presently effective Oklahoma Title Examination Standards and reflects all revisions, produced by the OBA Real Property Law Section, $8 per copy, free to section members. To be mailed a copy, email Debra Jenkins for the exact shipping cost.
Young Lawyers Division — The YLD is a professional service network offering the chance to participate in community and bar-related programs. Lawyers of any age who have been in practice less than 10 years are automatically members. No dues are required. There are many YLD programs to become involved in and connect with members on Facebook.
Continuing Legal Education seminars — Coming together and networking is still an important part of continuing legal education, and OBA takes pride in offering accredited in-person programs to enhance your practice. We also ensure timely reporting of your credits. Members also have the option to come to the bar center to watch a video of a previous seminar. Contact Renee Montgomery to schedule viewing in advance. Additionally, five or more attorneys may receive "live" MCLE credit by watching an online or video program at their own location. Renee can also arrange this for your. Reach her by phone at 405-416-7029.
Practice management/ technology hotline service — OBA members may inquire via email or by phone to the Management Assistance Program (MAP) staff and the OBA director of technology for brief answers about practical management and technology issues, such as law office software, understanding computer jargon, staff and personnel problems, software training opportunities, time management and trust account management. Call 405-416-7051 or 405-416-7008.
Office “health checks” — In-depth personal or group consultations that take place in the lawyer’s office, consultations may focus on technology, office procedures or other areas agreed upon by attorney and MAP director. The fee is $500 per day for small law firms (five attorneys or less) or $750 per day for medium or larger firms (more than five attorneys). Call 405-416-7008 to schedule.
Book purchasing program — OBA members can receive a discount on American Bar Association books through the OBA Management Assistance Program. Call 405-416-7008 for details.
Lending library — Law practice management books, video and audio tapes available for lawyers to check out and review. While there is no fee for checking out materials to take home, there is a $5 charge to mail the materials to you. The complete list of materials is online.
Ethics Counsel — Assists members with ethical questions and inquiries on subjects such as conflicts, confidentiality and client concerns. The ethics counsel also presents continuing education programs on the topics of ethics and professionalism. Call 405-416-7055 or find ethics tips and more information online.
Crisis Counseling Services — Need help with stress, depression or addiction? Call the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Assistance Program toll-free at 800-364-7886. It’s strictly confidential and available 24 hours a day. The OBA offers all bar members up to six hours of free crisis counseling. Plus, members can take advantage of free lawyer discussion groups that meet monthly in Oklahoma City. Program details and group discussion topics are online.
OBA sections — 26 substantive law sections that offer professional development and interaction. Experience professional growth by learning from colleagues in your practice area and develop new contacts. Benefits vary by section with a growing number of sections holding midyear or quarterly meetings that offer free or discount CLE to section members, some sections publish member newsletters. You’ll find a list of sections, their annual dues and a membership registration form.
County bar association and civic group speakers — OBA officers, Board of Governors members and staff members are available (for the price of a meal) to speak at luncheons and banquets on a wide variety of topics including legislative issues, ethics, law office management and law practice tips. Call 405-416-7000 or 800-522-8065 to schedule.
Leadership opportunities — Boards, committees, sections and commissions are some of the volunteer opportunities that offer career development and ways to interact with other attorneys and judges. Members may volunteer to serve on a committee at any time during the year. You can sign up for a committee online.
Annual Meeting — Participate in CLE programs, section and committee meetings, have a voice in determining the OBA’s legislative program and electing future state bar leaders, take advantage of networking opportunities with attorneys and judges from throughout the state. The 2016 Annual Meeting will be Nov 2-4 at the Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Solo & Small Firm Conference/YLD Midyear Meeting— Lawyers have the opportunity to get to know one another and to take advantage of a CLE seminar in a relaxed family setting. Mark your calendar for June 23-25, 2016, at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant.
Direct dial and 24-hour messaging to OBA staff members— Bypass waiting for the OBA receptionist to answer your call by dialing a staff person or department directly, a list of phone numbers is published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal on the masthead page, leave a voice message anytime (nights and weekends too). After-hour calls to the general phone numbers 405-416-7000 or 800-522-8065 are automated and will list department extension numbers to punch in if you don’t know the direct phone number. You can also find a list of staff members, brief job descriptions and links to their email addresses online.
Video conferencing — Available at OSU Tulsa in downtown Tulsa so that committee and section members can participate in meetings without traveling to Oklahoma City.
Legislative services — The OBA’s executive director works for adoption of legislative issues approved by the House of Delegates, and the Legislative Monitoring Committee provides a periodic legislative report highlighting the status of selected bills during the session. The report is published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal and on the website while the Legislature is in session.
Meeting rooms at Bar Center — Many size rooms to choose from to accommodate small and large group meetings, client conferences and depositions. Free to members during weekday business hours, nominal fee for evenings.
Toll-free phone number — In-state OBA members who live outside the Oklahoma City metro calling area can place free calls to the Oklahoma Bar Center by dialing 800-522-8065, which connects you to our receptionist (a real, live person — not a machine) to direct your call to the proper person or department.
Optional Member Services
ABA Retirement Funds —Does your retirement plan offer no out-of-pocket expenses, professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options, and full-service administration? Ours does! The ABA Retirement Funds Program has been providing affordable 401(k) plans exclusively to the legal community for 50 years. The program's bundled approach allows your firm to keep its focus on the success of the practice. We provide you with trustee, record keeping, tax reporting, compliance testing, investment management, and participant communication services - all from a single source - at no additional cost to your firm. Maybe it's time to find out what's inside your 401(k). Call us at 866‑812‑3580 for a free consultation and additional information.
OBA-sponsored insurance programs — Keep rates low through group buying power. For information about OBA programs for life, health (employer-group and individual), individual disability, personal umbrella liability, long-term care and other insurance plans, contact Beale Professional Services 405-521-1600, 800-530-4863. For professional liability, Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Co. is the only insurer owned by OBA members, OAMIC can be reached at 405-471-5380 or 800-318-7505. They also offer a broad range of court bonds with more information.
Oklahoma Legal Directory — Official directory of OBA members with addresses and phone numbers, roster alphabetical and by county, includes guide to county, state and federal offices plus departments of the U.S. and Oklahoma government, complete digest of courts, professional associations including OBA officers, committees and sections. Published by Legal Directories Publishing Co. in both hard bound and electronic editions; $61 + shipping and sales tax. Call 800-447-5375 ext. 2 to request order form or visit their website.
Avis Car Rental — The Oklahoma Bar Association can offer you the use of its Avis car rental discount rates if you use the reference code A674000. Contact Avis toll-free at 800-831-8000.
Citrix — OBA members can receive a 10 percent discount on Citrix technology tools. Among these is the secure cloud-based storage service, Citrix ShareFile. ShareFile provides and easy-to-use email encryption solution, and ShareFile Business and Platinum plans offer Outlook integration for one-touch encryption of either entire emails or email attachments with no need for the recipient to download or install any software. Other Citrix products eligible for the member discountinclude GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, GoToTraining, Grasshopper and Podio. The website to sign up for these products is coming soon!
Colcord Hotel — A boutique hotel near Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, the Colcord Hotel offers OBA members a discounted rate of $160 per night for a deluxe king or deluxe double room, $179 per night for a superior corner king and $279 per night for the Colcord Suite. Call the hotel at 866-781-3800 to make your reservation and mention that you are an OBA member for the special discount or make your reservation online utilizing the corporate rate; access code is OKBR.
Hertz Car Rental — The OBA’s discount number for Hertz car rental is CDP 0164851. Hertz toll-free is 800-654-3131.
International Travel — Go Next has been in business for 40 years. They provide high quality, recreational travel to destinations around the globe. Group rates on trips are available to you, your family and your friends. All trips include airfare from either Oklahoma City or Tulsa, accommodations, transfers, breakfast buffet and other amenities. See highlights of the current trip offerings at www.GoNext.com. Call Go Next toll-free at 800-842-9023 for more information and/or reservations.
LawPay — The OBA endorses the LawPay credit card processing services programs designed for attorneys. Funds from each client credit card transaction may be either deposited into client trust or operating account as the lawyer designates. All transaction fees are deducted from the law firm operating account to simplify the trust account record-keeping. Credit cards attract clients, win business, improve cash flow and reduce collections.To learn more call 866-376-0950 or visit their website.
LawWare — Bar members may subscribe to the document assembly, document management and client management software program at a discounted group rate. Created by Oklahoma attorneys in 1991, LawWare streamlines the process of organizing and generating legal forms and related documents for law offices of any size. With the OBA endorsement, members may subscribe to LawWare at a discounted rate of $49 per month for the first copy and $10 per month for each additional office copy. To inquire about LawWare or to order a subscription, call 866-LAW-WARE.
Mobile Dictation Service — Mobile Assistant is designed to document your critical client meeting information through on-the-go transcription over the phone. It’s an easy, fast, secure and accurate way of documenting client interaction, drafting letters and capturing important meeting details. OBA members are eligible for a 25 percent discount by using the coupon code OKBAR. OBA member cost is $54.37 a month for up to 500 lines (line equals 65 characters including spaces). Exceed that limit and pay 12 cents per line above 500 lines. Using Mobile Assistant is easy: 1) call the service from any phone, 2) dictate your notes (no time limit) and 3) your notes are emailed to you the same day after being transcribed by a real, live person located within the U.S. Instead of email, notes can also be made available through secure download. Sign up!
Ruby Receptionists Virtual Reception Service — Looking for a full-time receptionist for your law practice but worried about the expense? Ruby Receptionists may be the answer. Ruby Receptionists is a virtual reception service based in Portland, Oregon. You can use their services full-time, or you can get temporary help a few hours a day when you want to close for lunch or need someone to fill in when someone is out sick. It’s a great solution for solo and small firms; the service will screen, announce and transfer calls, take messages, place outgoing calls and more. To learn more, call 866-611-7829 or visit www.callruby.com/okbar. Mention your OBA membership and receive a 21-day money back guarantee trial, free activation and special pricing on your monthly plan.
Shipping – OBA members can use the UPS®Savings Program. Make the most out of your membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost. See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line.
You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/oba.
- Up to 34 percent on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®*
- Up to 30 percent on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)*
- Up to 32 percent on UPS International imports and exports
- Up to 16 percent on UPS Ground shipments
- Savings begin at 70 percent on UPS Freight shipments over 150 lbs.
*Discounts exclude UPS Express Critical® andUPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.®
Thomson Reuters Westlaw Discounts — Thomson Reuters offers OBA members a variety of discounts on its products and services. For information on other offers available call 405-308-0320.
WordPerfect Licensing Program — OBA members can purchase a WordPerfect Office X7 (office suite for legal professionals) license at a reduced price; go to http://goo.gl/f5lfz4.
WordRake — Is your writing too “wordy” or reliant on “legalese?” WordRake may be the solution for you. Developed for lawyers, the software provides editing suggestions for clarity and brevity. WordRake instantly edits documents right in Microsoft Word, suggesting changes that eliminate unnecessary words and phrases. OBA members receive a 10 percent discount on the product. Download a free seven-day trial to check it out. The MS Word add-in is easy to install, and annual licensing plans offer increased saving based on subscription duration. When you purchase, enter coupon code OKBAR on the final purchase page to receive the special OBA member discount.