The Delaware State Bar Association or DSBA is a voluntary organization that was founded in 1923. While it does not require attorneys in the state to become members, around 90 percent choose to do so. The DSBA offers benefits to attorneys who join the organization while also offering free legal resources to state residents.
The state’s bar association does not regulate Delaware’s legal profession nor does it discipline attorneys for professional or ethical violations. However, the organization does serve as an educational resource for Delaware attorneys who want to continue their training and keep their licenses current. Members of the DSBA receive discounts on professional training courses as well as legal products and services.
Further, members of the organization are entitled to receive insurance policies issued through the Delaware State Bar Insurance Services, Inc., which is a subsidiary of the DSBA. Along with reduced insurance policies, members receive access to the Delaware Law Review, which is published on a semi-annual basis by the DSBA.
Other benefits for members include free legal research, which began being offered on the association’s website in 2017. Members no longer have to pay for information on cases and rulings, expenses that are many times passed onto the attorneys’ clients. They can now access thorough and accurate research on the DSBA website.
Further, members of the DSBA can access Continued Legal Education courses and seminars that are offered throughout the year. The CLE courses are offered in person at the DSBA offices in Wilmington as well as online via the DSBA website.
While serving as a valuable resource for its attorney members, the DSBA also offers services to members of the public. Primarily, prospective clients can use the free online directory to find attorneys in all legal specialties. They can search for an attorney based on the area of law as well as by name or city.
Further, the public can also use the DSBA website for matters like disputing attorney fees. If they do not agree with what they are currently or have been charged by an attorney, they can file an official dispute with the DSBA on its website.
The DSBA is headquartered in Wilmington and has a physical address of 405 King Street Suite 100, 19801. The association also maintains an active presence on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and welcomes communication via these websites.