Thankfully, there is an opportunity for reprieve from these vendors’ excessive costs in the form of discounts from the American Bar Association and other local bar associations. The ABA, for example, has a large list of discounted vendors on the ABA member discounts page. You can get discounts here on everything from rental cars to airfare, banking, insurance, telephone, shipping, office supplies, computer software, and computers.
You may be thinking, “Hold on. I get the ABA’s constant emails about insurance and credit card offers. There’s more? And they have discounts on services I’d actually use?”
If the ABA doesn’t have the discount you’re looking for, check your local bar association. Often, you can get great deals from other law firm-related vendors through your local bar organization.
In addition to the discounted software, you can also on occasion get access to valuable software for free. For example, the New York State Bar Association offers with its membership free access to LoisLaw online legal research.
In short, your membership with the ABA and other bar associations can be worth much more than the networking opportunities and discounts on CLE credits. The vendor discounts that the ABA and other bar associations provide can save your practice serious money over time.
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