In addition to the many membership benefits available to SCCBA members prior to 2011, the SCCBA has added and continues to add benefits to enhance your day-to-day practice of law. If you haven’t been keeping track, here is what is upcoming, what has recently been launched and some of our earlier launched member benefits. We hope you are taking advantage of these benefits.
On Line Legal Research: Have you ever wondered if there would ever be a choice for robust legal research beyond Lexis or Westlaw that would not cost you an arm and a leg? The SCCBA has found that choice for SCCBA members. Within the next several weeks, SCCBA will launch an on line legal research product through CaseMaker. This legal research will cost you less than $900 a year. The standard, robust on line legal research will be FREE to all SCCBA members. Only the premium features will require a very low, very reasonable subscription. What you having been paying Westlaw up to $5000 a year may now cost you less than $900 a year, including your yearly SCCBA membership dues. Watch for the implementation timeline and for the brown bag where we will introduce and provide a demonstration of this very exciting benefit.
My CLE Manager: You will soon be able to keep track of your SCCBA cle credits on line with little effort. My CLE Manager will automatically track SCCBA cle programs you attend and apply the correct cle credits. You will have access to your certificate of attendance for any program you have attended. You will also be able to download and/or print your transcript of credits for any period of time you choose. Shortly after launch, we will be adding a feature to My CLE Manager that will allow you to add programs you take from cle providers other than SCCBA.
Banking Products Specifically Designed for Legal Professionals: Heritage Community Bank, the premier banking services provider for the SCCBA, has developed a package of banking products designed especially for lawyers and law firms. Many of the products have been developed as a result of the survey that many of you participated in a couple of months ago. Watch for the roll out of these products over the next couple of months.
Career Center: SCCBA now boasts a robust on line Career Center where job seekers can create an account, search and post a resume at no cost. Legal employers can post legal positions at a low, reasonable rate. The Career Center features local positions but also includes job postings across the country, placed there through bar associations nationwide. The Career Center can be accessed from the SCCBA homepage.
Legal Flash: A new SCCBA associated website launched the end of August. The website contains daily updated Association and local area legal news as well as daily legal news in the follow substantive areas: Corporate Law, Tech & IP Law, Family Law and Criminal Law along with US Headlines. SCCBA members receive an email summary of the news on Tuesday and Thursdays but the Legal Flash website can be accessed 24x7. The Legal Flash website can be accessed from the Legal Flash email and from the SCCBA main website under Member/Practice Resources. The new Legal Flash email has replaced the former SCCBA Weekly eNews.
Judicial Profiles Updated: In July, the SCCBA re-launched its on line judicial profiles of local state and federal judges. The judicial profiles are all updated and new profiles have been added for about 20 judges who have been appointed over the last 20 months. Information for the profiles is provided by the judge, him/her self. This is an exclusive member-only benefit. You can find this feature on the SCCBA website under Member/Practice Resources.
New Redesigned Website: In April, the SCCBA launched a new, redesigned website. A few of the new features on the new website include:
Enhanced user navigation
Personalized Member Portal Page allowing members to edit their member directory profile and picture; view any and all outstanding invoices; pay any invoices on line; see SCCBA Member News; view a list of all committees/sections in which the member is participating and a direct link to those committee/section webpages.
Enhanced, On Line Membership Directory: Searchable, pictorial on line membership directory searchable by name, location, and practice area. Directory listings now include links to the member’s website and to any social media pages, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Law.com.
Enhanced CLE Calendar, Event Announcements and on line registration
The following benefits have been in place for at least two years and have been specifically designed to assist members in their law practices. If you haven’t checked outthese benefits lately, you should. Also, there are many other benefits not listed here that include vendor discounts for a variety of products and services. You can see the full list of membership benefits at the SCCBA website at Member/Practice Resources>>>Member Benefits.
Public Directory of Attorneys: This is a subscription based service that allows members to post a profile or full bio in a searchable on line directory available to individuals looking for attorneys. The Public Directory of Attorneys receives over 7,000 hits a month. You can have a dynamic internet marketing presence, be accessible to new clients within 24 hours of subscribing, at an incredibly low cost. You can check it out today at www.sccba.com at Member/Practice Resource>>>Public Directory of Attorneys.
Lawyer Referral Service: The SCCBA administers a Lawyer Referral Service for clients searching for attorneys who meet minimum qualifications. Though more and more clients look for attorneys on the internet, many, many clients still prefer to speak to an individual who can help them get to the right attorney. Attorneys who join the SCCBA Lawyer Referral Service also get an on line listing in the Public Directory of Attorneys at no additional fee.
Networking: One of the best ways to enhance your law practice is networking with colleagues and local judges. You can do this easily through SCCBA membership by becoming active in a committee or substantive law section, attending CLE programs, section socials, Association receptions and the Annual Judges’ Night.
Giving Back: For those who are interested in giving back to the community or the legal profession or the SCCBA, the SCCBA provides many different opportunities, including, pro bono opportunities, opportunities to promote civility and professionalism among attorneys, opportunities to address diversity issues in the legal profession and leadership opportunities within the SCCBA.
I encourage you to take the time to learn about all the various and variety of membership benefits and take advantage of them to enhance your law practice and your reputation in the local legal community. Being a member of the organized bar has been a long tradition of the legal profession. Take advantage of what the SCCBA offers and tell a non-member colleague to join the SCCBA today.
Shannon Stein, President