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The Benefits of Membership

Posted By John L. Mlnarik, Thursday, May 14, 2015

by John L. Mlnarik
The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc.
2015 SCCBA President

Membership has its benefits and our Santa Clara County Bar Association is no exception. Whether you are conducting legal research on CaseMaker for free, viewing Judicial profiles, or tapping into the Center for Professionalism & Ethics, our members receive back in value many times over the price paid for admission.  Let’s have a look at a few things in greater detail and tell me if you agree by joining today!  


From Bocce Ball to Speed Networking Events, SCCBA Sections and Committees hosted over 15 social and networking events for our members last year, in addition to 40 Seminars, 24 Brown Bags, and 5 Trainings. Membership in a Section and Committee also gives the member exclusive access to the section rosters and private group conversations.


SCCBA Members receive free online legal research from Casemaker. Members also receive a significant discount on the Casemaker Pro access. In fact, the amount saved on Casemaker Pro is more than equal to your annual SCCBA Membership!


SCCBA Members enjoy discounts on all CLE events, whether attending live or online. The 13 sections and 16 committees of the SCCBA sponsor over 60 CLE events each year, with every event designed to appeal to local interests, and presented by local experts.


SCCBA understands the time constraints on attorneys in today’s environment and has created a vast Online CLE library so members don’t need to spend their time in traffic to complete their MCLE. Find over 100 online seminars, podcasts, and live webcasts available on-demand, whenever and wherever you need it.  


Your SCCBA Member CLE Manager can help you organize and keep record of your CLEs, making your compliance period reporting as easy as a mouse click. Your CLE Manager automatically tracks all MCLE  credits you earn attending an SCCBA sponsored MCLE  program, and gives you online access to all of your certificates of credit and transcripts. Members may also manually enter any non-SCCBA MCLE programs, or upload the certificates of attendance for those programs, to add those credits to the overall transcript.


Through the SCCBA’s close relationship with the local judiciary, we are able to provide our members with exclusive access to information on the judges, written by the judges themselves. Learn the nuts and bolts of each courtroom before appearing in it.


In 2014, the SCCBA implemented in conjunction with the Superior Court of Santa Clara County a Judicial Assessment Policy & Procedure.  Santa Clara County attorneys can use this procedure to provide any feedback, confidentially, regarding an individual judge or the court generally.  Attorneys can also use this procedure to get assistance resolving an issue with an individual judge.  The procedure is confidential unless the attorney agrees that the matter may be discussed with the involved judge.  It is a simple procedure:  simply complete the online Request for Action whether is it confidential feedback or whether you are requesting assistance with a particular issue.


This year we inaugurated the Center for Ethics and Professionalism, the cornerstone of the SCCBA’s influence on the culture of the Santa Clara County legal community and courts. Local, practicing attorneys have their voices heard through the SCCBA Professionalism Committee’s review and submitted comments on each formal ethics opinion proposed by the State Bar.  The submitted comments are frequently utilized by the state in revising the proposed opinion before being published.

As you can see there are so many wonderful benefits available, but don’t take my word for it! Join today and see for yourself just how easy it is to accelerate your law practice with membership in the SCCBA.

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