Since 2011, MSJDN has experienced unprecedented growth and success. In our first year, we went from only two members to more than 400; in our second year, that number doubled again, bringing us to over 800 members. Our licensing accommodation efforts have resulted in rule change victories in six states, with many more very close to success. We’ve provided invaluable networking and fellowship opportunities for our members, at both in person events and online.
MSJDN has made amazing progress without a consistent source of funding. Many of our members and Network leadership have invested not only their sweat equity but also made personal financial contributions in order to make these milestones happen. However, as MSJDN increases its reach, expands its programs, and transitions into a formal 501(c)(6) professional association, sources of regular income are not only needed, they are required.
To that end, MSJDN’s Board of Directors approved the adoption of annual membership dues starting in June 2014. Dues will be used to offset rising administrative costs, fund broader licensing and advocacy initiatives, and enable MSJDN to provide more quality programming and benefits to members, including:
- Expanding regional educational and networking opportunities;
- Developing and maintaining an online Membership Directory and comprehensive website;
- Collaborating to offer an annual membership information survey;
- Maintaining an online community that for the free-flow exchange of information, ideas, and job opportunities;
- Establishing strong connections with leaders across the seven uniformed services, other military support organizations and within the private sector; and
- Continuing and expanding rule change efforts to support the employability and continued practice of military spouse attorneys as they move with their service member spouses.
Annual dues will be tiered, with the availability of discounted fees for non-profit, government, and unemployed/underemployed attorneys. Additionally, a supporting partner fee will provide access to members without J.D.s who would like to continue their membership with MSJDN.
- Private Sector: $75
- Non-Profit/Public Law/Government: $50
- Under-employed/Unemployed/Law Students: $25
- Supporting Partner: $75
The MSJDN membership year will last from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. MSJDN members will retain free existing accounts through June 30, 2014, but all free members must pay dues by July 1, 2014 in order to continue to receive membership benefits through June 30, 2015, including MSJDN’s quarterly newsletter, Bars and Stripes, participation in the members-only Facebook page, and access to MSJDN members-only online community. The first 100 paid members get “founder” status!
Annual Membership Dues FAQ
Benefits of Membership
Why should I join MSJDN? MSJDN is the largest network of military spouse legal professionals in the world. Members in the MSJDN will enjoy access to a rich assortment of benefits to help them become a better legal professional, assist with advocacy for military families, and to connect them with others facing similar challenges across the United States and around the world.
When can I start to use my member benefits? You can enjoy your free membership until June 30, 2014. You will start enjoying the new benefits of paid membership as soon as your membership number is assigned. Shortly after your number is assigned, you will receive an email with the number and detailed explanation of benefits.
Why don’t I receive the MSJDN Bars and Stripes Newsletter? All members receive MSJDN’s quarterly newsletters, Bars and Stripes. Starting in 2014, only paid members will receive the newsletter.
When is the membership year? MSJDN’s membership year runs July 2014-June 2015, July 2015-June 2016, and so forth.
Paying Your Dues
How much does it cost to join MSJDN? MSJDN will offer a tiered payment structure for members:
- Private Sector: $75
- Government/Non-profit: $50
- Under-employed/Unemployed: $25
- Supporting Partner: $75
Am I eligible for a free or discounted membership? Individuals who are under-employed or unemployed are eligible for a discounted membership of $25 for the membership year. All membership dues are paid on the honor system.
Are my dues tax deductible? You should consult your tax professional for advice. Generally, professional dues are not eligible charitable deductions. For many tax filings, dues may be eligible as business expense deductions.
How can I pay my dues? MSJDN dues must be paid in full once per year. More payment information will be available in early Spring.
Renewing your Membership
Am I already a member? MSJDN free members who fail to pay their annual dues by June 30, 2014 will lose access to the membership benefits like the quarterly newsletter, MSJDN’s online members-only community, and the members-only Facebook page.
When will I receive my renewal notice? Membership renewal notices are sent in April/May for the membership year beginning July 1. We appreciate your prompt payment, which helps us contain our mail expenses.