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 — Get the latest OBA news and information to assist in your law practice through this semimonthly e-newsletter. It is sent to members with an email address as part of their official roster information.
Fastcase — The OBA offers online legal research 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 even more powerful. It gives you the option to link your Fastcase account (via the Fastcase app) to your smartphone or tablet. MobileSync automatically syncs your activity history and saved favorites on any of the Fastcase applications, so no work is ever lost. When you log in, you will see your favorites saved on mobile devices equipped with the mobile app. To use Fastcase, go to www.okbar.org and click the link to sign into your MyOKBar account using your username (OBA number) and pin.
NEW! HeinOnline — HeinOnline is the newest online research tool available for free to OBA members. Research archived Oklahoma Bar Journals dating back to the very first issue from 1930. You can view, print or save as a PDF any article or entire issue, as well as use the easy search tools to find the article, topic or author you need. Access it directly by clicking the HeinOnline link on your main MyOKBar page.
OKBAR.org — The OBA website is your hub for all things OBA-related. Want to read the latest news, updates on special projects or about an upcoming CLE? This is your place to start. Information is primarily geared for members, but contains a great deal of information for the public as well.
MyOKBar —This members-only portion of the website is your portal for member services. It is where members can update roster information, pay annual dues, access the member directory and much, much more. Links have been added to member benefits like HeinOnline for easier researching of archived Oklahoma Bar Journal issues, single-login access for Fastcase and front-page access to members’ committees, sections and other important parts of their OBA membership. With the new platform, members can now upload a photo and add more detailed contact information, including links to social media, to increase networking and communication between members. The link to log in is conveniently located on the front page of the OBA website at www.okbar.org.
NEW! MyOKBar Communities — MyOKBar Communities is the all-new message board and file-sharing service that allows members to help each other through online
participation. To make it more convenient, MyOKBar Communities links automatically with your MyOKBar account, so your name, profile photo and other information will be synced. Access MyOKBar Communities through the link on your main MyOKBar account page.
OBA CLE — OBA CLE offers in-person seminars, live webcasts, webcast encores and live audio programs. Six of your 12-hour annual requirement can also be met by watching on-demand programs at your convenience, 24/7. Find all the options at www.okbar.org/members/cle. OBA members can also come to the bar center any time during regular business hours to watch a seminar video of your choice and earn CLE, but please call Renee Montgomery at 405-416-7029 in advance to schedule.
NEW! OKMCLE.org — The MCLE Department has launched a new website, www.OKMCLE.org. (Also available through the link on your MyOKBar main page.) This new website is the hub for all things MCLE-related. Members can check the rules for MCLE requirements, get applications for approval of programs and other forms, as well as view answers to frequently asked questions. Members also have the ability to view their transcript of CLE credits and, for the first time ever, review a list of all upcoming OKMCLE-approved programs.
Oklahoma Find A Lawyer — The public can find lawyers by practice area and geographical area through the OBA-maintained Oklahoma Find A Lawyer website at www.oklahoma findalawyer.com. OBA members are not automatically listed but if you’d like to sign up, the system is being integrated into the new MyOKBar and you’ll soon be able to do so through your account.
Speakers Bureau — The OBA Speakers Bureau is an automated online service connecting 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. Available resources include speeches, outlines and handouts prepared by the OBA’s Bench and Bar Committee on selected topics for presentation to public groups. Go to speakers.okbar.org to sign up.
Oklahoma Bar Journal— Thirty-four issues of the Oklahoma Bar Journal are published annually. Issues include scholarly articles, court opinions, substantive law, state bar news, professional changes, member news, master calendar of judicial and bar events and much more. It is free to active members or a $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 for $15.95 each by contacting the Communications Department. Access issues online, including an archive of issues from 2005 to present, at www.okbar.org/members/barjournal. An even better archive is HeinOnline, an online research tool now free to OBA members that can be accessed from MyOKBar.
Continuing legal education materials — Seminar materials and electronic form books are available for purchase and are an affordable way to get quality, state-specific practice aids on a wide variety of legal topics. Prices start at $40. A complete list of topics is available online, or stop by the CLE Department at the Oklahoma Bar Center Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and review the selections. Electronic practice forms are also available by chapter.
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 and legal fees, advanced directive, criminal law and resolving conflicts and disputes. As a community service, the OBA distributes the brochures for free to courthouses and libraries throughout the state. An online order form makes placing an order easy.
Title Examination Standards — Produced by the OBA Real Property Law Section, this contains all the presently effective Oklahoma Title Examination Standards and reflects all revisions. Available for $9 per copy or free to Real Property Section members. Mail a check payable to the OBA, P.O Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 or call 416-7000; 800-522-8065 and order with a credit card.
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 get involved in and connect with members on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OBAYLD.
Practice management/ technology hotline service — OBA members may contact 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 405-416-7008.
Office “health checks” — Get 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 plus mileage 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 — OBA ethics counsel is available to assist members with ethical questions and inquiries on subjects such as conflicts, confidentiality and client concerns. All contact with ethics counsel is confidential per Oklahoma law. Ethics counsel also presents continuing education programs on the topics of ethics and professionalism. Call 405-416-7055 or email email@example.com. Find ethics tips and more information online at www.okbar.org/members/ethicscounsel.
Free 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 counseling. Plus, members can take advantage of free lawyer discussion group that meets monthly in Oklahoma City.
OBA sections — Twenty-six substantive law sections are available that offer professional development and networking. 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 discounted CLE to section members. Signup when you pay your annual dues or use the registration form.
County bar association and civic group speakers — The 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 network with other attorneys and judges from across the state. Members may volunteer to serve on a committee at any time during the year. You can sign up for a committee online either through the front page of your MyOKBar account or by clicking on the Join a Committee link at the bottom of the OBA homepage at www.okbar.org.
Annual Meeting — When you attend Annual Meeting, you have the opportunity to participate in CLE programs, section and committee meetings and take advantage of networking opportunities with attorneys and judges from throughout the state. You can also have a voice in determining the OBA’s legislative program and electing future state bar leaders. The 2017 Annual Meeting will be Nov. 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.
Solo & Small Firm Conference/YLD Midyear Meeting— There’s something for everyone at the Solo & Small Firm Conference, not just solo practitioners. Obtain your 2017 CLE, network with dozens of Oklahoma lawyers and ask top national vendors about the latest products and technology, all in a relaxed family setting. Mark your calendar for June 22-24 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 departmental phone numbers is published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal on the masthead page. To leave a voice message for the department, you can dial any time (nights and weekends too). You can also find online a list of staff members, brief job descriptions and links to their email addresses.
NEW! BlueJeans virtual meeting platform — New for this year, the OBA has contracted a new service called BlueJeans, a distance meeting service. With BlueJeans, members can join a meeting from anywhere, moderate a meeting from anywhere and even share documents to everyone across all platforms, just like a face-to-face meeting. To start using this for your committee or section meetings, contact the OBA committee and section liaison Debra Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 — The Oklahoma Bar Center has several room sizes to choose 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 — 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 during business hours, 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? The ABA Retirement Funds do! The ABA Retirement Funds Program has been providing affordable 401(k) plans exclusively to the legal community for more than 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 866‑812‑3580 for a free consultation or visit the website for more 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 3000 Insurance Group (previously known as Beale Professional Services) at 405-521-1600 or 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.
Oklahoma Legal Directory — This official directory of OBA members provides 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. It is published by Legal Directories Publishing Co. in both hard-bound ($61 + shipping and sales tax) or electronic copies. Call 800-447-5375 ext. 2 to request order form or visit their website at www.legaldirectories.com.
Travel and Transportation
Avis — 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 or www.avis.com.
Colcord Hotel — A boutique hotel near Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, the Colcord Hotel offers OBA members discounted rates for a deluxe king or deluxe double room, superior corner king and 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 at www.colcordhotel.com utilizing the corporate rate; access code is OKBR.
Go Next — Go Next has been in business for 40 years and provides 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 or reservations.
Hertz Car Rental — The OBA’s discount number for Hertz car rental is CDP 0164851. To use the service, call Hertz toll-free at 800-654-3131 or visit online.
Technology and Law Office Management
Citrix — OBA members can receive a 30-day trial followed by a 10 percent discount on Citrix technology tools. Among these is the secure cloud-based storage service, Citrix ShareFile. ShareFile provides an 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 include RightSignature, ShareConnect and Podio. Go to www.tinyurl.com/obacitrix to sign up for your 30-day trial and read more about available products.
Law Pay — 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 online.
Ruby Receptionists – 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 money-back guarantee trial and special pricing on your monthly plan.
UPS – Make the most of your OBA membership and take advantage of competitive rates on UPS® shipping services, including 50 percent* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll.* Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for an affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost. See how UPS discounts can help your bottom line:
- Up to 34% on UPS Air letters
- Up to 30% on UPS Air packages
- Up to 32% on UPS International imports and exports
- Up to 18% on UPS® Ground shipments
- Savings begin at 75% on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs.
- 50%* on UPS Next Day Air®, UPS Next Day Air Saver®, UPS Worldwide Express® export, UPS Worldwide Saver® export, and UPS Worldwide Expedited® export shipments for up to four weeks after you enroll*
You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Remember, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/oba or call 800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377), M-F, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m..
*Visit savewithups.com/oba for specific services and discounts. Details on Introductory Program discounts are available online.
WordPerfect — OBA members can purchase a WordPerfect Office X8 (office suite for legal professionals) license at a reduced price; go to 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 savings based on subscription duration. When you purchase, enter coupon code OKBAR on the final purchase page to receive the special OBA member discount.