Best Benefit Ever: Ohio Attorneys Expand Legal Education Resources
Members of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Akron Bar Association both have something to gain from a new cooperative agreement.
What’s the benefit? The Ohio State Bar Association is enhancing an existing program to expand continuing legal education for members of the Akron Bar Association, resulting in a big payoff for both organizations’ members. The state bar produces legal education webcasts each month that are offered for self-study. Now lawyers in the Akron area can take advantage of these webcasts as live, in-person programs hosted by the Akron bar. The webcasts will continue to be developed by state bar officials, with the Akron bar handling local administration of the program. The two organizations will split the revenues from the live webcasts.
Why it works for members: Expanding the audience for educational content with little additional effort is a no-brainer for the Ohio State Bar Association. It gains a wider audience for its webcasts (and more interest from potential members), while Akron attorneys enhance their legal knowledge with quality resources. And thanks to the revenue-sharing deal, both can profit. “Cooperative ventures like this make both organizations stronger and help us each meet the needs of our members,” Akron Bar Association President Ann Marie O’Brien said in a statement.
Other benefits: Akron Bar Association members can stay connected in the local legal community through free monthly networking and business-building receptions and a copy of The Akron Legal News mailed every Friday. The Ohio State Bar Association helps its members save money with a range of discounts for various tools and services. And as a part of the new cooperative agreement, attorneys who belong to either organization will see their membership dues reduced.