Why join an OSBA section?

The opportunity to join and participate in the work of the committees and sections is among the most effective and rewarding benefits of membership in the Ohio State Bar Association. 

Enhance your practice and grow professionally 
One of the great things about committee and section involvement is that it benefits lawyers at all stages of their careers. For example, as a young lawyer, you can improve your legal knowledge and stay current by reviewing case law and legislative updates in your practice area. You may even want to volunteer to compile and present the update. More experienced members may be interested in planning or speaking at a CLE seminar or developing practice tools. Members who are not able to take on another commitment, big or small, can simply benefit from the work of the committee or section. 

Improve the law
Committee and section membership offers several ways to become active in the legislative process, whether by proposing a policy issue to be presented to the state legislature as an OSBA legislative priority or commenting on the impact of proposed legislation on the practice of law, the operation of Ohio’s court system or the administration of justice. Lawyers of all experience levels are invited to participate in this important OSBA process. 

Contribute to the betterment of the legal profession
Whether the work involves participating in the disciplinary process, developing programs for young lawyers entering the profession or creating resources for experienced lawyers planning to leave a practice, our committee and section members are at the core of the OSBA’s work to improve the legal profession. 

Be a leader
Many committee and section members are recognized as leaders in the legal profession and the greater community. Members are able to develop reputations as experts in their practice areas based on their knowledge and experience shared with the committee or section and larger Association. Members may be asked to testify at legislative hearings and comment on legal issues of interest to the public. Members are also invited to publish articles in section newsletters and the Association magazine, Ohio Lawyer.

Develop relationships and share information with other lawyers
As you may expect, committee and section meetings provide excellent opportunities to meet and network with other lawyers. However, you may not be aware of the many other ways committee and section members get to know their colleagues and share information. Members often develop relationships by participating in work groups that might, plan a CLE seminar, comment on Court Rules, draft legislation, form public policy, create practice resources or develop public information programs. Typically, you do not need to attend a committee or section meeting in person to volunteer for a work group. Additionally, most of our committees and sections have active discussion listservs to which you can opt in when you join. Members discuss topics ranging from basic practice tips to complex legal issues. 

If you have questions or concerns please contact Jennifer Harrell, Senior Manager of OSBA Committees and Sections, at​ or (614) 487-4460.



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