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State Bar of Michigan Sections

The State Bar of Michigan offers 44 practice area sections for members to stay up-to-date on legal issues, network, and advance issues of jurisprudence. With the exception of the Young Lawyers and the Judicial section, which have mandatory membership, State Bar of Michigan sections are self-funded and operate independently.

Information for Section Leaders buttonSection membership allows attorneys to meet expert attorneys practicing in a particular area. These relationships often lead to mentoring, job opportunities, and more. Section membership also offers practice area-specific information and education, plus reduced fees for sponsored CLE programs. Most sections have their own publications in addition to live and social media forums that allow you to communicate regularly with other members, and there is always a path to section leadership for anyone who might be interested.

Section membership costs $20 to $100 annually depending on the section. Many sections offer free membership for newly admitted Michigan attorneys for one or two years. Some sections also allow membership by non-attorneys. Learn more about State Bar of Michigan sections using the list at the right.

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Join a Section button Joining a section is easy! Login to the Member Area at and then click “Section Membership” to immediately join a section. You can even pay dues online with a debit or credit card.

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If you have questions, comments, or need further assistance, please contact:

Jenn Hatter
SBM Lawyer Services and Outreach (LSO) Coordinator
(517) 346-6414

Darin Day
SBM Director of Outreach
(517) 346-6330