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Benefits of Membership with the CBA

The CBA is the voice of the legal profession and, as such, we offer our members benefits in the following areas:

Advocacy on Your Behalf

Through strategic lobbying efforts, we make your voice heard on the issues that affect your personal and professional lives—issues such as the independence of the legal system, legal aid funding, multidisciplinary practices, paralegals, and the threats and opportunities inherent in a global marketplace. We speak on behalf of the legal profession. And with your involvement, our voice becomes that much stronger.

A Voice to Improve the Justice System

CBA members and professional staff are actively involved in the development of government policy and law reform, lobbying on matters identified by members or responding to government initiatives. We make our views known in the corridors of Parliament through written submissions, appearances before Parliamentary Committees, informal meetings between the President and the Minister of Justice, or regular consultations between National Sections and the Department of Justice or other government officials.

Law reform initiatives are developed through in-depth studies by National Sections, Conferences or Committees, by specially mandated task forces or in debate by CBA Council. Implementation teams ensure that reports such as the recent Task Force on Systems of Civil Justice or Gender Equality in the Legal Profession don't just gather dust on a shelf. The CBA also intervenes at the Supreme Court of Canada on matters of compelling public interest or of special significance to the profession.

Professional Development Opportunities

Gain insight into today's issues via our Professional Development programs. Our PDs are now even more convenient and current, thanks to high-tech developments in such media as the Internet and video-conferencing. Plus, you'll benefit from our annual seminars on Aboriginal, Environmental, Immigration, Tax, Competition and Administrative/Labour Law.

Formats include: Two-day seminars, lunch-time sessions, six-minute PDs, Internet-delivered PDs, audio tapes, videotapes, video-conferences and cutting-edge written materials.

Sections and Conferences

Networking, information sharing and skills development.

The CBA offers a full range of Sections and Conferences as the entry point for members to become active. They provide a valuable skills-improvement forum and an opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues and Bar leaders from across Canada and around the world. Members may join the Branch Sections relevant to their practice areas, and are then automatically enrolled in the corresponding National Sections.

With your Section/Conference membership, you'll enjoy many advantages:

  • Meet colleagues: Share concerns and hear from experts on current issues at the Branch and National levels. The CBA Annual Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear high-profile speakers and an ideal environment for national networking.
  • Improve your skills: Participating in Section activities brings valuable opportunities for networking and mentoring relations.
  • Receive regular communication: Members are kept current through notices of meetings, summaries of law reform developments and newsletters containing the latest professional information.

A listing of the CBA's National Sections
A listing of the CBA's Conferences and Forums

Trends Forecasting

The CBA helps prepare you for the future of the practice of law by tracking trends in the profession. Our Emerging Professional Issues Initiative (EPII) is designed to assist lawyers to deal with economic and social trends that have an impact on the practice of law. The objective is to keep lawyers in business and to ensure that the legal profession remains a good business to be in.

Click here for more information on EPII.

Publications and Websites

You'll also enhance your reference base with subscriptions to our practice-oriented publications and websites.

Plus, access a wealth of substantive and practice management publications at discount prices. 

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