Benefits of DBA Membership
Let the Dallas Bar Association help you make connections, build your skills, find new clients and give you the opportunity to serve the community, save some money and more.
Why should you Join?
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – Over 400 FREE CLE courses are offered to DBA members each year at the Belo Mansion mostly during the noon lunch hour hosted by one of our 30 substantive Law Sections. Excellent presentations on every topic of law, including law ethics/professional responsibility. CLE’s are held at the Belo Mansion with 2 monthly presentations at our North and South Dallas locations. Non-members must pay a $30 non-member fee to receive CLE credit for each presentation attended.
DBA Headnotes Publication – DBA members receive a FREE copy of our Headnotes monthly publication, which includes a calendar of CLE programs, DBA events, and articles of interest to members.
DBA Online – DBA members receive our FREE weekly DBA Online e-newsletter.
Join a Committee – The DBA has over 30 Committees that members can join for FREE! Build relationships, give back to the community, take on a leadership role and keep up with current events and trends regarding the law. Committee members build homes and donate items to those in need, they put together amazing CLE’s and they plan some of the best social events each year. For a list of available committees and to sign up, click here. If you are not a DBA member and want to join today, click here.
Pictorial Directory – Include your photo, contact information and area of practice in the DBA Directory, which is published each year and FREE to DBA members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
CONNECT & NETWORK
Substantive Law Sections – DBA Members may join one of 30 Sections for a nominal fee. Sections host monthly meetings usually at noon at the Belo Mansion, with some evening events as well. Participation in these sections is a great way to network with attorneys in your area practice and generate referrals. For a list of available Sections and to join online, click here. If you are not a DBA member and want to join today, click here. Questions? Email Membership or call (214) 220-7414.
Social Events – The DBA sponsors events throughout the year such as our Pro Bono Golf Tournament and our Bench Bar Conference that offer networking opportunities with lawyers from all areas of practice as well as judges. Many events include CLE credit. Click here for a list of all of our annual events.
GROW YOUR PRACTICE
Lawyer Referral Service Panel – Join the DBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Panel and assist the public in obtaining legal help and grow your solo practice or small firm client base in the process! DBA Members receive the discounted rate of $100, the non-member rate is $400 (licensed over 5 years) or $330 (licensed less than 5 years). Access the application online here. Email Biri Avina or call (214) 220-7416 for more information.
Advertising in Headnotes – Place a low-cost classified ad in Headnotes or online. Email Judi Smalling for details. For classified rates, click here. For display advertising, contact Jessica Smith. For display ad rates, click here.
DBA Mailing Labels – Members may purchase mailing labels of the full DBA membership list for $500 plus tax or $750 plus tax for non-members. Labels for Sections only are .10 cents plus tax per name for members, and .15 cents plus tax per name for non-members. Orders must be placed 7 days in advance. Email Grecia Alfaro or call (214) 220-7400 to request an order form.
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) – DVAP is a joint pro bono program of the DBA and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas that provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for lawyers to help the poor in our community obtain legal services. Email Chris Reed-Brown or call (214) 748-1234 to sign up.
Mentoring Program – Volunteer as a Mentor through our Senior Lawyers Committee. Call (214) 220-7447 for more information.
TOMS One for One – For every pair of TOMS shoes, eyewear, bags, backpacks or coffee purchased -- TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in third-world country, eye care/surgery for a person in need, birth kits to mothers in need, clean water to families in need and counselor training in the U.S. to help kids dealing with bullying. Click here to shop online and help a person in need.
The DBA has negotiated members-only discounts on the services listed below.
Dallas Mavericks Tickets – Receive discounted game tickets. Click here to log in for discount code.
Brooks Brothers Stores – 15% discount off regularly priced clothing Log in for discount code.
JoS. A. Bank Stores – 20% discount off regularly priced clothing. Log in for discount code.
Questions about joining the Dallas Bar Association? Email Kim Watson or call (214) 220-7414.