Membership

FAQ

Who can join the MSBA?
How much are membership dues?
How long is free membership for new admittees?
When are MSBA dues due?
How do I change my membership from inactive to active?
How do I request Honorary Membership status?
Is membership in the MSBA mandatory?
How can I join a section?
How do I join a committee?
How do I change my name with the MSBA?
How do I change my address with the MSBA?
Does changing my address with the MSBA automatically update my address information with the Client Protection Fund?
What address will you list for me in the Maryland Lawyer's Manual?
When does my address information need to be received in order for it to be included in the Blue Section Member Listing of the Manual?
How do I change my address information with the Green Section/CSTF Listing of the Manual?
How can I get a letter of Good Standing?
How do I become licensed to practice law in Maryland?
Does Maryland have mandatory CLE requirements?
Does Maryland have Reciprocity with any other states?

Who can join the MSBA?

Attorneys, can be full members.  There are also associate memberships for law students attending ABA accredited law schools and for paralegals and law office managers who are sponsored and employed by MSBA attorney members.

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How much are membership dues?

New admittees (not previously admitted to any Bar) - Free for the first 8 months, includes 2 sections plus the Young Lawyers Section
Admitted less than 5 years to any Bar are $100.00.
Attorneys admitted to any Bar five years or longer  $150.00.

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How long is free membership for new admittees?

The first 8 months of their membership.

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When are MSBA dues due?

Annual dues are due July 1 of the current fiscal year.

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How do I change my membership from inactive to active?

You need to submit in writing a letter that indicating that you wish to become active.  You need to send that letter to the Client Protection Fund, 2011 Commerce Park Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-260-3635.  You will also need to pay the fee for this fiscal year.

If you then wish to re-join the MSBA, you may re-join using our website.

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How do I request Honorary Membership status?

The MSBA offers Honorary Membership Status for retired attorneys who meet all of the following:

  1. A current member of MSBA for 30 yrs. or longer
  2. Are presently 70 years of age or older
  3. Completely retired from the practice of law.

Retired attorneys who meet these requirements shall continue their membership within having to pay the base dues of $150.00.  However, participation in the sections will require paying the section dues amounts.

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Is membership in the MSBA mandatory?

No, MSBA is a voluntary non-profit membership organization.

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How do I join a section?

You must be a member of MSBA in order to join a section. Refer to the online form under Sections/Committees or contact the Membership Dept. at membership@msba.org or (410) 685-7878.

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How do I join a committee?

All Committee assignments are done by appointment of the MSBA President. Contact the Chair of the committee who will then contact the President. Refer to online list of committee chairs found under Section/Committees.

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How do I change my name with the MSBA?

Change of Name:
Who should I contact  to change my name on the official "roll of attorneys"?
If you are an attorney and wish to change your name on the Court of Appeals official roll of attorneys, you must submit a written request to do so.  Please be specific as to how you wish your name to appear, e.g., "from Jane Anne Smith to Jane Smith Johnson" or "from Jane Anne Smith to Jane A. Johnson," etc. You must also include a certified (RAISED SEAL) copy of the document that changes your name (marriage certificate, divorce decree, name change order).  DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY CERTIFIED COPY as what you provide to us is kept for the Court's records. The Court notifies the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland and the Maryland State Bar Association of your name change so their records can be amended to reflect this change. 

Submit the written request to:

Court of Appeals
Attn: Clerk's Office
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Blvd., Fourth Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401

Upon receipt, you will receive a written confirmation from the Clerk's Office.

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How do I change my address with the MSBA?

  1. Send letter to MSBA Membership Department.
  2. Fax letter to Membership at 410-685-1016.
  3. E-mail to membership@msba.org.
  4. Online at https://www.msba.org/directory/update/index.cfm

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Does changing my address with the MSBA automatically update my address information with the Client Protection Fund?

No.  You must notify the Client Protection Fund separately in writing. Their address is Client Protection Fund, Robert F. Sweeney District Court Bldg., 251 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401 and phone number is (410) 260-1950.

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What address will you list for me in the Maryland Lawyers’ Manual?

Your mailing address will be listed in the Blue Section Member Listing of the Manual unless you specify differently with the online directory under lawyers manual. Most mailing addresses are the business office addresses. Members are responsible for choosing their primary address.

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When does my address information need to be received in order for it to be included in the Blue Section Member Listingof the Manual?

Individual members’ address information must be sent in writing by August 31 of the current fiscal year.

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How do I change my address information with the Green Section/CPF Listing of the Manual?

Send your address information in writing to the CPF (see address information above).

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How can I get a letter of Good Standing?

Contact the Court of Appeals of Maryland and send your written request along with a check for $7.00 and a self-addressed stamped envelope (see address information above).

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How do I become licensed to practice law in Maryland?

Contact the State Board of Law Examiners at www.courts.state.md.us/ble or call (410) 260-1975.

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Does Maryland have mandatory CLE requirements?

No. If you are interested in attending CLE courses, please contact Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers at www.micpel.edu or call (410) 659-6730.

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Does Maryland havereciprocity with any other state?

No. For further information contact the State Board of Law Examiners at www.courts.state.md.us/ble or call (410) 260-1975.

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