The Maryland State Bar Association is a 122-year old voluntary organization that is located in in Baltimore. It was founded in 1896 and was the last legal bar association in the U.S. to admit women. It allowed attorney Rose Zetzer to become a member in 1946.
Since its inception, the MSBA has become known for its numerous publications including the Maryland Bar Journal, which is published twice a year. It also publishes the Maryland Bar Bulletin and the Maryland Bar Brief, which is an electronic newsletter found on the MSBA website.
Because it is not a mandatory bar association, the MSBA is not permitted to regulate the legal industry in the state. It also has no authority to investigate lawyer complaints or discipline attorneys. These functions fall to the state’s judiciary.
However, the MSBA does offer services and benefits to both the members who join as well as the public who uses its website. Members of the MSBA can access the CLE catalog for the state and discover what CLE credits are available to take. They can prepare for classes and exams by using the CLE resources on the MSBA website.
Further, members can use the practice management resources found on the MSBA website. This resource proves helpful to attorneys just starting out in the industry. They can discover how to grow their practices and become better attorneys for their clients.
Other membership benefits include the MSBA calendar that details what events are coming up in the near future to which members are invited. They can attend committee meetings and also volunteer to take part in sections and committees that are open to members. They also have access to the ethics and opinion hotline that can help regulate the profession in which they work.
Members of the public likewise have access to free resources on the MSBA’s website. For example, people can click on and print off various legal brochures that might come in useful before hiring an attorney or deciding whether or not to pursue a case. They can also file a dispute over attorney fees and learn how and where to file an ethics complaint against a lawyer.
The MSBA is located at 520 West Fayette Street in Baltimore, Maryland, 21201. Along with writing to or calling the MSBA, members and the public alike can also contact it on social media like Instagram and Twitter.