Join the WBAI

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[menu_anchor name=”instructions”]Instructions

If you are a NEW member or your membership lapsed prior to 2015 (i.e. you were not a member in the 2015-2016 bar year) and you would like to RE-JOIN:

  1. Determine which membership is right for you on our Membership Information page. We currently have the following discounted memberships: Law Student (free); New Admittee (2016 law school graduation); 1-5 Year Attorney (first admitted to bar 2011-2015); government attorney (see criteria below; judiciary excluded); lifetime member (see criteria below).
  2. Visit our FAQ page if you have any questions, or contact WBAI Executive Director Monique Austin at wbai@wbaillinois.org. Our Membership Center also has some great information!
  3. If you do not qualify for any of the discounted membership, then you must register for general membership.
  4. Consider making voluntary contributions to the Hooton Permanent Home Fund ($35) or the Women’s Bar Foundation ($25).
    • Hooton Permanent Home Fund: The purpose of the Hooton Fund is to establish and maintain a permanent home for the WBAI.
    • Women’s Bar Foundation: The WBF provides scholarships for deserving and qualified women students in accredited Illinois law schools, and to honor the memory of distinguished women lawyers and judges by awarding such scholarships in their name and memory. (Tax Deductible)
  5. Use our online form by choosing the appropriate membership above (click the “Join Now” linkes) or complete the paper Membership Application, and mail/fax/email to:

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
321 S. Plymouth Court, #4S
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 341-8533 (fax)
wbai@wbaillinois.org

6. If you sign-up online, you will create a username and password.  You should receive an email with this information after you sign-up, as well as a welcome email.  If you do not receive these emails, contact jostathop@gmail.com.  Note that your username and password from the old website will not work on the new site. Even if you are renewing, you will have to sign-up for membership on the new site as if you were a new member. You should also update your membership directory profile to register your county(ies) of practice and practice area(s).

If you sign-up via the paper form, the WBAI will send you a username and password to access members-only portions of the website.

If you are renewing your 2015-2016 membership:

  1. Login to the website by clicking “Log In” on the top right of this page or the home page (use your current login credentials). If you cannot remember your login credentials, click “forgot username” or “forgot password” in the login prompt; your credentials will be emailed to the email address you used to sign-up for membership.  If you cannot retrieve your login credentials after following these steps, contact Monique Austin at wbai@wbaillinois.org.
  2. After logging in, click “Join WBAI” on the top right of the home page.
  3. Click the link “Join Now” within the box of the appropriate membership level. You must click on the words “Join Now” – clicking on the box itself will not work.
  4. You should see a page with your current membership information (type and expiration) and a list of available renewal types. Choose the appropriate renewal membership level by clicking “Sign Up” next to the appropriate level.
  5. Complete the necessary information and follow the prompts.

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[menu_anchor name=”cost”]Membership Costs:

Membership Description Price
Law Student Currently enrolled in law school Free
New Admittee 2016 Law School Graduation Free
1-5 Year Attorney Admitted to bar 2011-2015 $120
5+ Year Attorney Admitted to bar in 2010 or before $140
Government Attorney A lawyer in government or legal/public service (working for not-for-profit organization, or charitable groups engaged primarily in legal or policy based advocacy on behalf of low income or disadvantaged persons). Judiciary excluded from this membership discount. $90
Lifetime Member WBAI Member who has been in good standing continuously for 40 years or continuously for 15 years and has made a one time payment of ten times the annual dues $1400
[menu_anchor name=”contributions”]Voluntary Contributions
Hooton Permanent Home Fund The purpose of the Hooton Fund is to establish and maintain a permanent home for the WBAI. $35
Women’s Bar Foundation The WBF provides scholarships for deserving and qualified women students in accredited Illinois law schools, and to honor the memory of distinguished women lawyers and judges by awarding such scholarships in their name and memory. (Tax Deductible) $25

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