These days, most bar associations make information about a lawyer’s bar membership publicly accessible, so that consumers can ensure that the lawyer they’ve retained is actually licensed to practice. But these bar data bases are important for lawyers. For example, perhaps you’re suspicious that your opposing counsel isn’t licensed in the court where he’s filed or defended a suit. Or you’d like to refer a case to a colleague, but would like to confirm that she’s in good standing.
Now, there’s an easy way to find an attorney’s bar status – at least in the 40 states that retain an online database. Maryland attorney Terry Berger recently created the site, Is He Really A Lawyer , which serves as a convenient portal to each bar’s attorney membership site. It’s a simple site, but it will quickly direct you to the information you need. And while you’re there, why not check your online status, just to make sure it’s up to date.