Delaware State Bar Association

The purposes and objects of the Association include the following: the
advancement of the science of jurisprudence, securing proper statutory reforms,
preserving proper standards for members of the Bar, maintenance of honor and dignity in
the profession, upholding principles of legal ethics and professional responsibility,
cultivation of fraternal relationship among the Bench and Bar of Delaware, perpetuation
of legal history and all such other and proper purposes and objects as befit the practice of
law and the proper public perception of the profession. In addition, it is the responsibility
of the Association to speak on behalf of the courts and to preserve their honor, integrity,
high standards and proper remuneration.

Our Membership Services and Benefits Are Invaluable:

Continuing Legal Education

The Association’s sponsored Continuing Legal Education program offers an extensive selection of seminars, workshops and classes throughout the year.

Led by local practitioners and scholars as well as invited guest speakers, the seminars are offered at various levels of expertise, to reach new as well as experienced lawyers. The program covers numerous areas of law and is geared to helping Delaware lawyers stay on top of fast-changing legal developments and fulfilling their Mandatory Continuing Education requirements.

For more information, look for the Association’s CLE brochures in your e-mail, the CLE announcements in the Bar Journal or contact CLE Director Alison Macindoe, (302) 658-5279 or Director of Sections and Membership Janice Myrick, (302) 658-5279.

Sections and Committees

As the practice of law becomes more specialized, and life in the legal profession becomes increasingly more complex, the Association offers its members the opportunity to increase expertise and expand professional contacts through membership in its many sections and committees. Membership in sections allows lawyers to meet colleagues who share their interest in a special field of law, to receive section publications and to receive advance notification of proposed legislation. Membership in committees provides an opportunity for leadership in service to the Association, to the legal community and to the public in numerous areas.

For more information on Sections, contact Janice Myrick, (302) 658-5279. For more information on Committees, contact Rina Marks, (302) 658-5279.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Lawyers helping lawyers is a volunteer program established to provide peer help and support to lawyers on a variety of subjects. New lawyers faced with problems they are not able to solve, lawyers who move from a large firm setting to a small office or open a solo practice and lawyers who need advice or guidance find an ear and a helping hand when calling this program. This mentoring service is organized by the Professional Guidance Committee.

For more information, call Karen Jacobs Louden, Co-Chair, 575-7227, I. Barry Guerke, Co-Chair, 678-3262 or Dennis L. Schrader, Co-Chair, 856-0015.

Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program

Established to assist lawyers who experience problems that interfere with their personal lives or their ability to serve as lawyers. This service is completely confidential, operates under the auspices of the Professional Guidance Committee, and is run by members of the Bar who are familiar with problems resulting from stress and from substance abuse. Members of the committee and a professional counselor employed by the Association have provided assistance to many Delaware lawyers, as well as continued support to other lawyers who were previously in the program.

For more information, contact Carol P. Waldhauser, (302) 777-0124. Complete confidentiality is maintained.

Publications

The Association makes available to its members a free subscription to its monthly newsletter the Bar Journal.This publication combines important information and updates provided by the courts, announcements of upcoming seminars, conferences, luncheon speakers and social events, articles of general interest to Delaware lawyers and information on new products and services.
(Subscription cost for non-members: $60.00 per year. Downloadable Form)

Also available free of charge to Association members is one copy of the annual Delaware Legal Directory. Updated every year, the directory includes names and business addresses of all lawyers who are licensed to practice law in Delaware. It also includes addresses and telephone numbers of all judges, court administrators, law-related services, certain government offices and more. Members of the Association may obtain additional copies for $30.00 for each new copy. Non-members may purchase directories for $95.00.

Members also receive a free subscription to the Delaware Law Review, published semi-annually by the Asssociation. The Law Review is devoted to the publication of scholarly articles on legal subjects and issues with a particular focus on Delaware law. (Subscription cost to non-members is $40.00 per year.)

For more information, contact Rebecca Baird, (302) 658-5279.

Bar Center

The Delaware State Bar Association is located in the Renaissance Centre at 405 North King Street, Suite 100, Wilmington, DE 19801. The facility includes, in addition to the administrative offices, conference rooms and a large Education Center to serve Association members. The conference rooms are made available to sections, committees and members of the Association for law-related meetings. The Education Center is a large area which can house meetings and seminars of up to 150 people.

To reserve a meeting room or for more information, contact Diana Ryan, (302) 658-5279.

DSBIS – Insurance Services for DSBA Members

Delaware State Bar Insurance Services, Inc. (DSBIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Delaware State Bar Association, is an insurance agency formed to meet the business, professional, and personal needs of DSBA members. DSBIS products & services are offered to all members of the Delaware State Bar Association, as well as their firms, their employees, their clients, their families, and referrals.

Because it is the DSBA’s own insurance agency, any profits will be available to support the many programs and services of the DSBA.

Available products include:

  • Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance
  • Group & Individual Healthcare
  • Office Package & Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • Personal Auto & Homeowners Insurance
  • Group & Individual Life Insurance
  • Most other lines of Business, Professional, and Personal Insurance

For more information, please contact your DSBIS representative at (302) 658-8055.

Please visit the all-new DSBIS website, www.DSBIS.com for more information!

Blood Bank

Delaware State Bar Association members are eligible to join the DSBA Blood Bank group of the Blood Bank of Delaware. Group membership eliminates the need for a patient to pay for or replace blood used, and ensures that blood will be available when needed. Members are asked to meet a blood obligation approximately once every two years by donating blood themselves, having someone else donate for them or by paying $30.00. In addition each member pays $5.00 in annual dues.

For more information, contact Diana Ryan or Sorelis Duran, at (302) 658-5279.

Please contact Janice Myrick, (302) 658-5279 if you have further questions on the benefits offered by the Delaware State Bar Association.