Benefits of DBA Membership
The DBA has many worthwhile programs that provide service to attorneys, the profession, and the community. Some of the member benefits include:
Free MCLE – The DBA offers over 350 continuing legal education (CLE) courses each year, most of which are offered at no charge. Excellent presentations on every topic of law are offered at convenient times (usually lunch and evening) throughout the year, including presentations that will fulfill the law ethics/professional responsibility requirement. CLE courses/seminars are held at the Belo Mansion and also at a North Dallas location. The cost of DBA membership is much less than a single seminar, which can often cost $500-$1,000, not including travel. The money you save obtaining your MCLE requirements through the DBA will more than offset the cost of your membership dues.
Mentoring Program - The DBA offers a mentoring program through the Senior Lawyers Committee. Contact (214) 220-7447 for more information.
Lawyer Referral Service Panel – You can participate on the DBA Lawyer Referral Service Panel, which assists the public in obtaining legal help. The panel is a great way for small-firm and solo attorneys to gain clients. For information, contact Biri Avina or call (214) 220-7416.
FOR YOUR PRACTICE
LawPay - If you are accepting credit cards, trust your transactions to LawPay. Correctly safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts. Funds are never commingled. Credit cards attract clients, improve cash flow and reduce collections. DBA members can save up to 25% off their credit card processing fees through the LawPay. To change or set up your credit card processing through the LawPay Account: call 866-376-0950 or visit www.lawpay.com/dallasbar
As a DBA member, you can include your photo, address, phone number, e-mail and area of practice in the DBA Pictorial Directory, which is published each year and available at no charge to all DBA members. For more information or to update your information/ digital photo, please send an email to email@example.com.
ABA Publication Discounts - Dallas Bar members can purchase ABA books at a 15% discounted rate. For a complete list of titles or to place an order, go to www.ababooks.org. Discount does not apply to ABA-CLE ipod products.
Discounted Office Supplies – DBA members receive a discount on office supplies through Association Members Only. Please contact 1-800-420-6421, extension 222 for a cost comparison and start saving today!
Probate Section - Trusts & Estates Magazine Discount – DBA Probate Section members are eligible to receive a discount of over 60% off a 1-year subscription to Trusts & Estates Magazine's published price of $428. The rate will be $159. The 1-year subscription includes 12 monthly issues; two annual supplements of Tax Year in Review and Charitable Giving, access to all the Trusts & Estates website premium content, Estate Planner weekly e-newsletters, as well as up-to-the-minute news and information, plus daily updates on estate planning. To find out more, click here.
SOCIAL & COMMUNITY WORK
Networking Opportunities – You will find that membership in the DBA and participation in its many activities offers wonderful opportunities for networking with fellow lawyers from all areas of practice. When you come down to DBA’s headquarters at the Belo Mansion for Section meetings and Committee meetings, you will meet other attorneys and generate long term friendships, resources and referrals.
Family Activities - Each year the DBA invites all members to participate in the complimentary Family Holiday Party in December. Families are also encouraged to participate in Habitat for Humanity, the Mother’s Day Brunch and holiday concerts at the Meyerson. See Headnotes for more updates on family activities.
TOMS Shoes & Eyewear - The DBA has partnered with TOMS Shoes, a company founded in 2006 that has a very simple one-for-one policy -- for every pair of its unique lightweight slip-on shoes purchased or its eyeweare -- TOMS donates a pair to an underprivileged child in third-world country. Our partnership has an added benefit -- for every pair of TOMS Shoes or eyewear purchased by a member of the Dallas Bar Association, TOMS Shoes will donate a pair of shoes to an underprivileged child in a third-world country along with a percentage of every sale to the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, to fund pro bono legal services for low-income residents in the Dallas area. Click here for more information.
Dallas Mavericks Tickets – DBA members receive discounted tickets to Dallas Mavericks games. Please click here to login to view options and password.
Fitness Centers – Discounts are available at TELOS Fitness Center and the Texas Club.
Country Club Membership - The Golf Club of Dallas offers dining, golf, tennis and other facilities and services to its members. DBA members will receive 1 month FREE dues as well as other benefits when they join.
Clothing Stores – DBA members receive a 15% discount off regularly priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers and Brooks Brothers Factory Outlet stores nationwide. Members also receive a 20% discount off of regularly priced merchandise at JoS. A. Bank. In order to receive a discount at either store, DBA members must request a free personal corporate discount card. Please login to access the discount codes.
Hotel Accomodations - DBA members receive discounted rates at many La Quinta Inns and Suites. Rates range from $85 all the way down to $49 at some hotels in Texas. Members will receive a 15% discount at hotels outside of Texas.
Dallas Bar Association members receive a copy of DBA Headnotes every month. It includes a calendar of CLE programs and listing of DBA events and other items of interest to members, including employment and office-sharing opportunities. Contact Jessica Smith or call (214) 220-7477 for more information.
As a DBA member, you can place a low-cost classified ad in the DBA newsletter Headnotes or online. For more information, please contact Judi Smalling or call (214) 220-7452. For classified rates, click here. To find out more about display advertising, contact Jessica Smith or call (214) 220-7477. For display ad rates, click here.
The DBA has 31 committees, covering numerous issues important to DBA members. The goal of the committees is to enhance the professional lives of DBA members and increase bar services and involvement to the general public. The work of these committees is truly phenomenal, and your contribution on these committees can be one of the most rewarding and productive experiences of being a member of the Dallas legal community. For a list of available committees, click here. If you are a DBA member and would like to join a committee, please email your committee preferences to Membership, and she will enroll you in the committees of your choice. For a membership application, click here.
DBA Online - Dallas Bar Association members receive DBA Online, our online, weekly newsletter. For more information, contact Judi Smalling or call (214) 220-7452.
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program is the joint pro bono program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. DVAP provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for lawyers and other legal professionals to help the poor in our community obtain legal services. Clinics include the Neighborhood Legal Clinics, Wills Clinics, and the Pro Se Clinic. DVAP also provides free CLE training seminars and mentoring on pro bono cases. To volunteer, contact Chris Reed-Brown or call (214) 748-1234, ext. 3316.
DBA members (with the exception of Non-Resident or Law Student members) have the privilege of participating in the Judicial Evaluation and Judicial Election Polls which are administered every other year. Results from these polls are posted on the DBA website. To view recent evaluation and election polls, click here.
Looking for a Legal Secretary? DBA members may request a copy of all legal secretarial resumes currently on file, and the resumes will be mailed to them. For more information on this service, click here or contact Grecia Alfaro or call (214) 220-7400.
Mailing labelsfor the DBA membership are available for rental. Labels for the entire membership are $500 plus tax for DBA members, and $750 plus tax for non-members. Labels for specific sections are .10 cents plus tax per name for DBA members, and .15 cents plus tax per name for non-members. Orders must be placed 7 days in advance. To order, contact Grecia Alfaro or call (214) 220-7400 to receive a faxed order form.
The DBA sponsors many enjoyable social activities throughout the year, including a holiday party, sporting events and cultural activities. Events are published on our events page and in Headnotes and DBA Online.
Memberships in substantive law sections are available for almost every area of practice for a nominal fee. Members meet monthly at the Belo Mansion, usually at noon or in the evening. At the meetings, esteemed practitioners in particular legal fields discuss topics designed to keep you abreast of your area of law generally, as well as fulfilling your CLE requirements. Participation in these sections is also a great way to meet colleagues in your area of specialization. Click here for a list of DBA Sections. If you are a DBA member and wish to join one or more DBA Sections, please send a check payable to the Dallas Bar Association in the amount of the section’s dues with a letter requesting to be added to that particular section. For more information, please contact Membership or call 214-220-7414. The DBA also encourages you to look into the benefits of membership in other bar associations, including the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers , the Dallas Asian-American Bar Association, the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association.