Dallas County, more than 11,000 belong to the Dallas Bar Association—a higher saturation than almost any other metro bar association in America. Membership is the life blood of the organization. Because of this strong membership level, the DBA can support 30 sections covering virtually all practice areas and 34 committees providing numerous ways for lawyers to follow their passions in serving our profession and community.
In 2016, the DBA held more than 400 CLE programs—almost all of them free to members. We are the second largest provider of CLE in Texas, trailing only the State Bar. In short, we are doing great! But demographics present a serious challenge to future membership levels. A third of our membership is over the age of 60, with another third under the age of 36. Older lawyers eventually retire and with the significant drop in law school enrollment, fewer new lawyers will replace them.
To be proactive, DBA President Rob Crain is creating a new Ambassadors program. He asked Krisi Kastl, DBA Board Director, and Robert Tobey, DBA Second Vice President, to lead this effort. The Ambassadors will be composed of more than 50 lawyers chosen for their diverse backgrounds based on race, gender, age, firm size, and practice area. We are launching this program in partnership with the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, the Dallas LGBT Bar Association, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, and the J.L. Turner Legal Association.
Each bar will have a designated representative. The Ambassadors will be divided into teams to help show non-members the benefits of both DBA and sister bar membership. If you are interested in learning more about this new program or are interested in participating, please contact DBA Membership Director Kim Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.