You will soon be receiving your annual renewal notice from the Minnesota State Bar Association, for both your MSBA and Hennepin County Bar Association memberships. Thank you for your continuing membership in the HCBA, your connection to local lawyers, the Fourth District Bench, new clients and contacts, practice management resources, professional development, and community outreach.
As the legal profession continues to evolve, so too must your local bar association. Our 100th anniversary is just two years away and while this milestone prompts a pause to reflect on the past, more importantly, it generates inertia to focus on the coming decade.
To assist with essential strategic planning, to retool the HCBA office, and to support other new initiatives, the Board of Directors has authorized a slight increase in HCBA dues. This $3 to $6 annual increase (depending on your bar admittance date) that you will see on your renewal statement is the HCBA’s first increase in three years. This amount, just 50 cents per month for the majority of members, will allow the association to undertake new initiatives and planning without reducing any current offerings.
With these earmarked funds from the 50 cent increase (those extra quarters really add up), the HCBA will began a comprehensive strategic planning initiative designed to reimagine the member experience, and develop new programming to add value to our membership package in both the short-term and long-term. You, as an HCBA member will have an opportunity to weigh in on new plans through your committee and section participation, as well as a planned survey and other vehicles we will utilize to tap member insights and preferences.
For the coming year, we will continue providing the professional tools and resources that you rely on now, while also shaping a strong and vital association that will deliver value to you in the years ahead.