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 once a month 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 — Password-protected portion of the OBA’s website. Easy to do everything from changing your official address, enrolling in a CLE course, checking your MCLE credits, paying your annual dues, joining a section to listing your practice areas on the Internet so potential clients can find you. You can also receive electronic communications from the bar by adding your email address to the roster. Plus, anew 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 www.myokbar.org.
Online CLE — Quality audio, live seminar and encore webcasts for unlimited MCLE credit as well as on-demand programs to watch at your convenience (limited to 6 hours MCLE credit).
Oklahoma Find A Lawyer — The OBA’s official lawyer listing service is free. It is also a useful tool for OBA members to identify other attorneys practice area of expertise.
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.
Prepared speeches for community/civic groups — Speeches, outlines and handouts prepared by the OBA’s Bench and Bar Committee on selected topics for presentation to public groups can be found online.
Oklahoma Bar Journal — 34 issues of the Oklahoma Bar Journal are published annually, contains 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.
Continuing Legal Education materials — Seminar materials and form books are available for purchase, an affordable way to get quality, state-specific practice aids. Prices start at approximately $40. A complete list of topics is available online, or come by the CLE Dept. at the Oklahoma Bar Center Monday –Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and review the books available. CLE materials are also available in an electronic format, 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& legal fees, living wills (brochure and form), 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.
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 at https://www.facebook.com/OBAYLD.
Continuing Legal Education seminars — The OBA creates and coordinates live seminars, webcasts and videotaped programs. The OBA also offers materials on a full spectrum of legal topics. OBA members can come to the bar center anytime during regular business hours to watch a seminar video of your choice and earn CLE, but please call in advance to schedule. Call Renee Montgomery 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 405-416-7008.
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.
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 Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Details about the groups that have a different topic every month are online.
OBA sections — 24 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.
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 2014 Annual Meeting will be Nov. 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa.
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 19-21, 2014, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa.
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 next to the events calendar, 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.
Video conferencing — Available at OSU Tulsa in downtown Tulsa so that committee and section members can join in on 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 — The ABA Retirement Funds program is designed to provide unique, full service 401(k) plans to the legal community, and ABA membership is not required. It was created over 45 years ago by the American Bar Association. By leveraging the size of the ABA Retirement Funds Program which brings together nearly 4,000 firms, the program offers a fund lineup and services traditionally only available to the largest corporate plans. These services are offered at no out-of-pocket expense to law firms of all sizes with institutionally priced funds for their participants. Contact a program representative at 800-826-8901 for a program prospectus or visit www.abaretirement.com 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 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 at www.oklahoma.onlinecourtbonds.com.
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; $60 + shipping and sales tax. Call 800-447-5375 ext. 2 to request order form or visit their website: www.legaldirectories.com.
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 Wanda Reece (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the exact shipping cost.
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 or www.avis.com.
Colcord Hotel — A boutique hotel near Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, the Colcord Hotel offers OBA members a discounted rate of $149 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 at www.colcordhotel.com 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 or www.hertz.com.
International Travel — Go Next has been in business for 39 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.
IT & Cloud Services — Dobson Technologies offers an extensive portfolio of professional IT services, including cloud backup & recovery, hosting, disaster recovery and managed services, all of which cater specifically to business and enterprise needs. Customers enjoy solutions that make their lives simpler by ensuring their business operates more securely and efficiently. Dobson’s certified personnel, privately owned and geographically separate data centers, industry ranking services and partnerships with top technology leaders allow them to help Oklahoma businesses improve business continuity, reduce costs and minimize risks. Call 405-242-1000 or toll free 888-356-2707 or visit them at www.dobsontechnologies.com/memberbenefit. Special member pricing for all of their services.
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 www.lawpay.com/oba.
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 or visit www.LawWare.com.
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. Mobile Assistant promises privacy, confidentiality and complete security. If your phone number is registered with them, the service recognizes the number and lets you start dictating immediately without you having to remember your log-in information. The service offers a free trial. Sign up at www.mobileassistant.us.
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, Ore. 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, contact Ashley Fisher at 866-611-7829 or visit www.callruby.com/okbar. Mention your OBA membership and receive a free 14-day 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 licenses of Corel and WordPerfect products such as Perfect Authority, PDF Fusion, WordPerfect Office X6, WinDVD and WinZip 16 Pro at substantially reduced prices. To place an order, go to www.corel.com/barassociation.
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 three-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.