Oklahoma Bar Journal

From the Executive Director | Adding Value to Your Membership and Law Practice

By Janet Johnson

In the ever-evolving practice of law, staying current with the latest developments and building a network of like-minded professionals is crucial for success. One effective way for lawyers to achieve this is by becoming a member of practice-specific sections within the OBA. We have 30 substantive sections, and becoming a member will enhance your professional development and add substantial value to your membership. Need more convincing? OK, let me count the ways, but by all means, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list.

Firstly, your peers have so much knowledge and expertise. Joining a practice-specific section provides lawyers with an opportunity to delve deeply into a particular area of law. Whether it's family law, intellectual property or estate planning, being a member allows for an in-depth understanding of the latest legal trends, landmark cases, forms, example pleadings and legislative changes. This focused knowledge can enhance your expertise and further assist you and your clients.

Next, you can build your network. Becoming a section member and networking with peers who share a common interest in a particular area is invaluable. Networking within these specialized groups allows lawyers to exchange ideas, collaborate on cases and establish professional relationships. This network becomes a valuable resource for referrals, client recommendations and information about potential career opportunities.

Thirdly, it’s called the practice of law for a reason. We continue to learn in this profession, so it’s important to focus on that professional growth. Continuous learning is essential for lawyers to succeed in their respective fields. Practice-specific sections often organize CLE events tailored to the unique challenges and developments within that area of law. By actively participating in these events, lawyers can enhance their skills, stay updated on best practices and gain valuable insights that contribute to their professional growth.

And lastly, but certainly not least, membership in a practice-specific section provides access to a wealth of resources and tools that are pertinent to that area of law. This may include research materials, case studies, templates and other tools that can significantly streamline legal processes. These resources not only save time but also contribute to the overall efficiency of the law practice.

So, as I often do, I leave you with a challenge to join an OBA section. Joining a section is a strategic investment for lawyers looking to enhance their professional growth and elevate the value they bring to their law practices. From in-depth knowledge and networking opportunities to accessing valuable resources, the benefits of joining an OBA section are extensive. By actively participating as a section member, lawyers can stay ahead in their fields, foster meaningful connections and ultimately contribute to the overall success of their law practices.

To contact Executive Director Johnson, email her at janetj@okbar.org.     

Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar JournalOBJ 95 No. 3 (March 2024)

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