Member Benefits

Benefits of Membership

Joining the Arkansas Bar Association helps new and seasoned attorneys grow their practice, expand their knowledge, and connect with other legal professionals. By joining, you will have quick access to our carefully curated resources – like the new CLE Select/Membership Bundle, Fastcase for research, our Career Center and networking opportunities.

The Voice of the Arkansas Lawyer

ArkBar advocates for the interests of lawyers.
ArkBar facilitates Association excellence through leadership and resources.
ArkBar provides competitive advantage to members.
ArkBar provides education and resources to support Bar excellence.
ArkBar provides access to a fair and impartial system of justice.

NEW! Attorney Professional Liability Insurance

The Arkansas Bar Association (ArkBar) has named Stephens Insurance, LLC as its exclusive endorsed insurance broker overseeing Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) insurance as well as other property, casualty, life and health benefits to its more than 5,000 members. Through "ArkBar Insurance Services, Exclusively Powered by Stephens Insurance, LLC,” Arkansas Bar Association members will have access to affordable products and tailored services that help protect against liability exposures unique to attorneys. Contact Bill Cobb (501) 377-8305 at or Richard Henry at (501) 377-8448.  More Information

AttPro Program Highlights for Members

AttPro FAQs

A Guide to Legal Malpractice Insurance

ABA Retirement

The ABA Retirement Funds Program (“the Program") provides affordable 401(k) plans with no out-of-pocket expenses exclusively to law firms of all sizes, even solos.  The Program offers plan design flexibility, a broad range of investment options, full-service administration, and professional fiduciary services.  Call us at 866.812.3580 for a free consultation or visit http://abaretirement.com/welcome/arkansas for more information.  

 

 

 

ArkBar Community Exchange (ACE)

Have you found your place in ACE? The ArkBar Community Exchange, ACE, is an online community created exclusively for ArkBar Members. Members can engage in discussions, access resources libraries, interact with colleagues through the Member Directory, and share information through ACE Blogs. ACE is also available for mobile devices! The mobile apps provides access to over 5,000 attorneys members through the mobile directory.

ArkBar Discounts

The Arkansas Bar Association provides benefits and services to members at a reduced rate. The following discounts are offered by the association exclusively to association members: CLE Registration, practice handbooks, and free meeting space at the Arkansas Bar Center, excluding arbitrations and mediations. Arbitrations and mediations can be scheduled at the rate of $125 for one half a day (4 hrs) plus set up fee if drinks are requested, or $250 for a whole day (8 hrs) plus set up fee if drinks are requested. (The Arkansas Bar Center will be closed from May 30, 2017 through July 5, 2017 due to activities related to our Annual Meeting being held in Hot Springs June 14 - 17, 2017)

ArkBar Docs

The ArkBar Docs library of hundreds of legal templates is now available for purchase through a cloud-based platform, the HotDocs Market. Firm pricing is also now available. Now subscribers can access up-to-date intelligent legal templates, anytime, anywhere and from any device, including Macs. Offered exclusively to members of the Arkansas Bar Association, these templates enable subscribers to create complex legal documents quickly and accurately by guiding users through a simple interview process, then automatically generating customized documents based on the answers provided. For more information visit the ArkBar Docs homepage.

ArkBar Job Board

The Arkansas Bar Association is excited to announce the NEW ArkBar Job Board! The Association is now able to offer free job postings for employers. The job board is provided as a benefit to our members to assist employers with connecting with job applicants. Any employer can post jobs on the ArkBar Job Board free of charge. All job postings will be positions for licensed attorneys or law students.  Access to current job postings will be available exclusively to current members of the Arkansas Bar Association.  For more information, visit the ArkBar Job Board.

Case Management Solutions - Clio

Guide

When it comes to law firm marketing, blogging, SEO, social media, and reputation management are all cornerstones to successful web promotion, and we've put together a short guide to get lawyers started. Read the guide.

 

What's New at Clio

 

·        Clio This Month: How to Customize Clio For Your Practice. Are you a family lawyer or a civil litigator? Either way, you can easily customize Clio for your practice. Here’s how.

·        A Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing Your Firm Online. Whether you’re interested in blogging, social media, or SEO, our guide has plenty of tips to help make your online marketing efforts more effective. Download it for free.

·        What Lawyers Can Learn From Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report. We took a look at all 355 pages of Mary Meeker’s highly-anticipated yearly report on internet trends, and pulled out the key points lawyers need to know. Read them here.

·        5 Tools to Take Your Modern Law Firm to the Next Level. Allie Rumpanos of Fujitsu talks about the key tools every modern law firm needs to successfully go mobile. Find out more.

·        6 Things Lawyers Must Do Before Going on Vacation. It’s summer, everyone’s favorite time to take a vacation. Make sure your firm is ready first. Get the checklist.

 

Case Summaries

Weekly case summaries of significant Arkansas court cases, provided exclusively for members of the Arkansas Bar Association. Check out the Case Summary mini reviews on Twitter (@ArkBar) #arcaselawupdates. Case summaries and mini reviews are provided by Robert S. Tschiemer. 

Continuing Legal Education

The Arkansas Bar Association is proud to be the premier provider of CLE in Arkansas. We are dedicated to meeting your educational needs. The Association concentrates on providing high-quality seminars on a broad range of topics at a fair and reasonable cost. We appreciate your continued support to grow our program.

CLE Select/Membership Bundle

ArkBar members can now pick and choose their CLE schedule in 2017-2018 for one flat rate by selecting the CLE Select/Membership Bundle. You can attend in-person CLE by the hour, or by the seminar.*

A limited number of live-streaming CLE events will also be available. There is no limit to the number of CLE hours you can attend during the 2017-2018 bar year. For information on how to become a CLE Select Member, click here.

*CLE Select excludes Annual Meeting, Mid-Year Meeting, Best of CLE sessions, insurance discount programs and webinars.

Credit Card Processing

The LawPay payment solution is proud to be a member benefit of the Arkansas Bar Association. Backed by over 90 bar associations and designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay offers a secure and convenient tool for receiving online credit card payments – the fastest way to get paid.

2016-17 Arkansas Legal Directory "Official Directory of the Arkansas Bar Association"

Contact information for Federal, State County, Courts and Professional Associations. Other sections include: Attorney and Firm Roster, Board of Legal Specialization, Mediators, Areas of Practice, Biographical, Classified.

Order your copy today!  Arkansas Legal Directories Order Form

Fastcase

Member receive FREE online legal research with Fastcase. Fastcase’s smarter searching, sorting and visualization tools help you find the best answers fast.  Click here to view the Fastcase Quick Reference Guide for 2015.

Hotel Discounts

Discount hotel rates are available for members of the Arkansas Bar Association at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock.

Legislative Advocacy/Government Relations

The Arkansas Bar Association works full time to monitor legislation issues affecting justice and the legal profession.  In addition to providing a full time lobbyist that represents the Association in the General Assembly, the ArkBar offers legislative resources to members including a Legislation Committee that proactively views all bills filed during the session to protect the practice of law, and publishes weekly legislative updates.  The Arkansas Bar Association also provides a Legislation website that includes Bills of Interest the Legislation Committee felt might affect ArkBar Members’ practices, a New Laws Now page that lists laws in effect January through April, a Find Your Elected Official page, Search New Bills feature and a New Federal Legislation feed.  Through the Engage feature, ArkBar Members can quickly access and respond to information about legislation the Association is requesting member assistance with.  

Networking Events

The Arkansas Bar Association is constantly working for you to provide a variety of networking opportunities and events throughout the year. Our largest event of the year, the Annual Meeting, IS THE PLACE TO RECONNECT WITH OLD FRIENDS YOU ONLY SEE THIS TIME OF YEAR, & MAKE NEW FRIENDS. The Association is your connection to the legal community in Arkansas.

Shipping Discounts

Save up to 26% on FedEx services across town or around the world. Our relationship with FedEx allows our members to receive discounts of up to 26 percent on FedEx® shipping and office services through the FedEx Advantage® discount program. It’s free to enroll and there are no minimum shipping requirements. 

The Arkansas Lawyer Magazine

 The Arkansas Lawyer magazine is an exclusive member benefit free to all members that contributes to lawyers’ professional growth; informs of issues arising in the legal profession; and keeps members abreast of ArkBar activities. The quarterly magazine is designed to inform and engage ArkBar members and the legal community-at-large. 

New - YLS Resources for Attorneys

The Arkansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section recently published Domestic Violence: A Practical Guide for Attorneys, Judges, and Court Clerks.  This handbook is written for legal professionals who represent or interact with survivors of domestic violence.  It provides helpful information about the security needs of domestic violence survivors, legal issues arising out of a domestic violence situation, and resources available to domestic violence survivors around the state.  This handbook is available for free on arkbar.com.

SoFi

As the leader in student loan refinancing, SoFi has partnered with the Arkansas Bar Association to offer its members the opportunity to ease their student loan debt. SoFi consolidates and refinances federal AND private student loans to offer rates customized to you, creating meaningful savings. To date, SoFi has funded over $5 billion in loans for over 60,000 borrowers. For more information, and to qualify for a $300 welcome bonus through this partnership, visit sofi.com/ArkBar. This benefit is available to ArkBar members, friends and families. 

 

Vendors that would like to offer products or services to our membership as part of our member benefits package should complete the online Vendor Assessment form.


The Arkansas Bar Association has equipped me with the tools to really grow my practice and enhance my involvement in the legal community. The wide variety of available continuing education programs helps me to stay on top of legal trends, while the networking events offer tremendous opportunities to meet great people who share a passion for the law and justice. I am honored to be a member of Leadership Academy class of 2014 and look forward to continuing my commitment to advance the legal profession in Arkansas.

— Misty Wilson Borkowski

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Gaichus, P.C.

Little Rock

I joined the Association in 1980. My one regret as a bar member is that I was not more active in the association in the early years of my practice. I missed many opportunities to stay connected with my law school classmates and make new friends and contacts. My time as a member of the House of Delegates was an important course correction for me, and I have been actively engaged in bar activities now for many years. The question for me is not why I joined the Bar but why I became active in it. Participation in our association is an important way for me to give back to the profession and actively engage in bettering the administration of justice. Bar participation has given me the opportunity to serve on Supreme Court task forces and committees, as well as association committees. My time as a member of the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors provided insight for me into the workings of the bar and of its importance to the judicial system, the administration of justice, and the practice of law. Personally, I have cemented old friendships and made new friendships and have made myself and my firm more visible in the legal community. I encourage all young lawyers that I meet to join the association and become an active member in the Young Lawyers Section. Bar participation is an important part of the experience of being a lawyer and enhancing the bonds we have to our profession.

— David M. Fuqua

Fuqua Campbell, P.A.

Little Rock

For a very reasonable price, the Arkansas Bar Association provides me with all of my CLE every year, opens up a broad network of other attorneys with whom I am able to collaborate on various issues, and gives me an outlet for service both to my community and my profession. My work with the Young Lawyers Section, on committees, and in the House of Delegates has brought me great satisfaction which cannot be reduced to a dollar amount. I am grateful to the Association for all of the benefits and opportunities which it provides its members on a daily basis.

— Laura E. Partlow

Hale Young & Partlow

Marion