United States Bar Associations

A complete guide of National and State Bar Associations. There are two types, one of which is official and usually called an “integrated bar” which is qualified by the particular state’s highest court to establish rules for admission and conduct. There are also local bar associations by city or county which are unofficial and voluntary, but do conduct the business of attorneys, such as settling fee disputes and working with the local courts on rules. There is also the American Bar Association, a national voluntary organization of attorneys.


 

  • American Bar Association – ABA
    The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.
    Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession.
    National headquarters are in Chicago, however maintain a significant office in Washington D.C.
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)
    The FBA represents the Federal legal profession. We consist of more than 15,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary. The FBA also provides opportunities for scholarship and for judges and lawyers to professionally and socially interact.
  • Comprehensive information about state and local bar associations in the USA

Alabama Bar Associations – Statewide

  • Alabama State Bar, Montgomery
    415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery 36104, Phone: (334) 269-1515

The Alabama State Bar has jurisdiction over the conduct of all attorneys and is charged with stimulating interest in improving the administration of justice. Its Board of Commissioners provides for the examinination of applicants who seek to practice law. The Alabama State Bar is the licensing and regulatory agency for attorneys in the State of Alabama, subject to Rules of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Alaska Bar Associations – Statewide

The Alaska Bar Association provides services in the following areas: Admissions & Licensing, including information about member demographics – Ethics & Discipline – Continuing Legal Education Programs & Annual Conventions – Lawyer Referral Service

Arizona Bar Associations – Statewide

The State Bar of Arizona serves the public and enhances the legal profession by promoting the competency, ethics and professionalism of its members and enhancing the administration of justice.

Arkansas Bar Associations – Statewide

The purposes of the Arkansas Bar Association include the following: Advance the Administration of Justice. Foster and maintain on the part of attorneys high ideals of integrity, learning, competence and public service, and high standards of conduct. Encourage the legal profession and its individual members to perform more effectively and efficiently their responsibilities in the public interest. Conduct a program of continuing legal education for attorneys. Provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law. Perform legal research in technical areas of the law and make reports and recommendations thereon. Improve the judicial and legal process, and advance law and order. Encourage practices that improve the honor and dignity of the legal profession.

California Bar Associations – Statewide

Founded in 1927 by the legislature, The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court. All lawyers practicing in California must be members of the State Bar. The mission of the State Bar: “Preserve and improve our justice system in order to ensure a free and just society under the law.”

The Federal Bar Association of Orange County (FBAOC) is committed to meeting the needs of federal practitioners in Orange County, California by sponsoring important “Bench and Bar” events, CLE events and other social events. These events all focus on issues relevant to federal practitioners and provide an important bridge between the many federal judges in Orange County and the attorneys who practice before them. We encourage you to join the FBAOC and benefit from this great and ongoing dialogue between the local federal bench and bar.

Colorado Bar Associations – Statewide

Connecticut Bar Associations – Statewide

The Connecticut Bar Association, Inc., (CBA) is the preeminent organization for lawyers and the legal profession in Connecticut. The CBA is a non-profit organization pursuant to section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. Through its eleven thousand members, the CBA is dedicated to promoting public service and advancing the principles of law and justice.

Delaware Bar Associations – Statewide

The 80-plus year history of the Delaware State Bar Association is marked by evolving efforts to promote ethical conduct by lawyers, to require and offer high quality continuing legal education, to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law, to review and make recommendations regarding Delaware’s court system and to foster the mentoring of new lawyers. Service to the public is another hallmark of the Association. Encouraging and facilitating pro bono work, providing a lawyer referral service and offering various legal handbooks are a few examples of its efforts in public outreach.The Association has also remained true to one of its earliest goals, “the cultivation of fraternal relationships among the lawyers of Delaware.” This goal has been achieved through a consistent effort to communicate news among members and to sponsor social events.

Florida Bar Associations – Statewide

The Florida Bar, with more than 80,000 members, is the statewide professional and regulatory organization for lawyers.

Georgia Bar Associations – Statewide

The State Bar of Georgia exists to foster among the members of the Bar of this state the principles of duty and service to the public; to improve the administration of justice; and to advance the science of law. All persons authorized to practice law in this state are required to be members.

Hawaii Bar Associations – Statewide

To unite and inspire Hawaii’s lawyers to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession.

Idaho Bar Associations – Statewide

The mission of the Idaho State Bar is to administer granting the privilege to practice law in Idaho; to control and regulate the legal profession; to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law and from unprofessional conduct by members of the bar; to promote high standards of professional conduct; and to aid in the advancement of the administration of justice.

Illinois Bar Associations – Statewide

The Illinois State Bar Association is a voluntary organization dedicated to promoting the interests of the legal profession and improving the administration of justice, the quality of members’ professional lives, and their relations with the public.

Indiana Bar Associations – Statewide

The ISBA supports many community service programs. Complimentary law related information and/or volunteer lawyer speakers are provided as a part of these programs.

Iowa Bar Associations – Statewide

The Iowa State Bar Association is a vibrant, progressive organization that provides Iowa attorneys with the benefits of professional association with their colleagues. Its benefits include continuing legal education, practice aids, interaction with the judiciary and legislature, participation in reform of the law, and news regarding developments impacting the profession.

Kansas Bar Associations – Statewide

The KBA is dedicated to: advancing the professionalism and legal skills of lawyers – promoting the interests of the legal profession -providing services to its members – advocating positions on law-related issues – encouraging public understanding of the law, and promoting the effective administration of our system of justice.

Kentucky Bar Associations – Statewide

The mission and purpose of the Association is to maintain a proper discipline of the members of the bar in accordance with these Rules and with the principles of the legal profession as a public calling, to initiate and supervise, with the approval of the Court, appropriate means to insure a continuing high standard of professional competence on the part of the members of the Bar, and to bear a substantial and continuing responsibility for promoting the efficiency and improvement of the judicial system.

Louisiana Bar Associations – Statewide

The mission of the Louisiana State Bar Association is to assist and serve its members in the practice of law, assure access to and aid in the administration of justice, assist the Supreme Court in the regulation of the practice of law, uphold the honor of the courts and the profession, promote the professional competence of attorneys, increase public understanding of and respect for the law, and encourage collegiality among its members.

Maine Bar Associations – Statewide

The Maine State Bar Association promotes the honor, dignity and professionalism of lawyers, advances the knowledge, skills and interests of its members, and supports the public interest in a fair and effective system of justice.

Maryland Bar Associations – Statewide

Massachusetts Bar Associations – Statewide

The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1910, that serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law. The MBA represents 18,500 attorneys, judges and legal professionals across the commonwealth.

Michigan Bar Associations – Statewide

The State Bar shall aid in promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advancements in jurisprudence, in improving relations between the legal profession and the public, and in promoting the interest of the legal profession in this State.

Minnesota Bar Associations – Statewide

The MSBA committees develop, implement, and oversee many Association goals and programs. Committees are composed of MSBA members, appointed by the MSBA president, who volunteer their leadership, expertise, and service to benefit the Association, the legal profession and the community.

Mississippi Bar Associations – Statewide

The Mississippi Bar shall serve the public good by promoting excellence in the profession and in our system of justice.

Missouri Bar Associations – Statewide

  • Missouri Bar, Jefferson City
    326 Monroe Street, Jefferson City 65102, Phone: (314) 635-4128

Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and law. Through educational programs, publications, and more, The Missouri Bar serves as a valuable resource for members—and for the citizens of Missouri.

Montana Bar Associations – Statewide

The mission of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of Montana is to lead the legal profession and serve the public interest.

Nebraska Bar Associations – Statewide

“The mission of the Nebraska State Bar Association is “”Helping Lawyers Help People.”" To achieve this mission, the Association addresses these goals and objectives: To foster and maintain integrity, professionalism, civility and high standards of conduct by NSBA members To improve public understanding of the legal system and the role of lawyers and judges in society To provide quality support and services for NSBA members To promote and safeguard the proper professional interests of the NSBA To promote full opportunities for participation in NSBA activities by all segments of the profession To promote quality legal education ”

Nevada Bar Associations – Statewide

All lawyers licensed to practice law in Nevada are sworn to uphold the ethical standards of conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of Nevada. These standards are listed in the Nevada Supreme Court Rules 150 through 203.5 and are enforced by the State Bar of Nevada.

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New Hampshire Bar Associations – Statewide

The purposes of this Association are to improve the administration of justice; to foster and maintain high standards of conduct, integrity, competence and public service on the part of those engaged in the practice of law; to safeguard the proper professional interests of the members of the Bar; to provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and the relations of the Bar to the public; to carry on a continuing program of legal research and education; and to encourage cordial relations among members of the Bar; all without regard to race, national origin, religion, creed or gender, and to the end that the public responsibility of the legal profession may be more effectively discharged. The Association shall confine its activities before the General Court to those matters which are related directly to the administration of justice; the composition and operation of the courts; the practice of law and the legal profession.

New Jersey Bar Associations – Statewide

To serve, protect, foster and promote the personal and professional interests of its members. To serve as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities and the public with regard to the law, legal profession and legal system. To promote access to the justice system and fairness in its administration. To foster professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA. To provide educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law. To provide education to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.

New Mexico Bar Associations – Statewide

The State Bar is governed by a Board of Bar Commissioners, all of who are licensed attorneys elected by their peers from designated Bar Commissioner districts around New Mexico. The Board of Bar Commissioners, together with the staff, carry out the purposes of the State Bar of New Mexico as stated in the Rules Governing the Bar and the State Bar Bylaws.

New York Bar Associations – Statewide

The Association’s objectives are: to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reform in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill and courtesy in the legal profession.

North Carolina Bar Associations – Statewide

The North Carolina Bar Association, founded in 1899, provides services to attorneys, including continuing legal education programs, and the general public, including a series of legal information pamphlets and a nonprofit lawyer referral service. The State Bar, founded in the 1930s by the state legislature at the NCBA’s request, regulates and disciplines attorneys.

North Dakota Bar Associations – Statewide

Founded in 1899, the 1,800-member State Bar Association of North Dakota is the official statewide organization of lawyers and the oldest unified state bar association in the nation. The mission of the State Bar Association is to promote justice and to serve the lawyers and the people of North Dakota.

Ohio Bar Associations – Statewide

Oklahoma Bar Associations – Statewide

The mission of the Oklahoma Bar Association is to assist Oklahoma lawyers in providing justice for all. Goals: to foster the highest ideals of integrity and competence and to maintain the highest standards of conduct and civility. to improve the public’s understanding of the law, of the legal system, of the lawyer’s role within the system. to establish and maintain vital programs and services for all members of the OBA. to provide a continuous forum for the advancement of ideas and concepts pertaining to the legal profession and improvement in the law. to promote activities and programs which service the public. to advance the administration of the judicial system. to make appropriate policy and legislative recommendations concerning the law.

Oregon Bar Associations – Statewide

  • Oregon State Bar, Lake Oswego
    5200 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego 97035, Phone: (503) 620-0222

The Oregon State Bar (OSB) was established in 1935 by the Oregon Legislative Assembly to license and discipline lawyers, regulate the practice of law, and provide a variety of services to bar members and the public. The bar is a public corporation and an instrumentality of the Oregon Judicial Department. It is funded entirely by membership and program fees, and does not receive any financial support in the form of taxpayer dollars from the state’s general fund. Membership is mandatory for lawyers who wish to practice law in Oregon.

Pennsylvania Bar Associations – Statewide

Rhode Island Bar Associations – Statewide

South Carolina Bar Associations – Statewide

The South Carolina Bar began in 1884 as the South Carolina Bar Association, a voluntary organization of approximately 200 lawyers. The South Carolina State Bar was created in 1968. The two organizations were merged in 1975.

South Dakota Bar Associations – Statewide

The State Bar of South Dakota is a unified bar established in 1931 by the South Dakota Legislature and pursuant to South Dakota Supreme Court Rule. The stated purposes of the bar are to maintain a high standard of professional conduct, furnish a legal entity through which the considered judgment of its members on issues affecting the judicial system may be made available to the courts and the Legislature, to uphold the honor of the profession, and to improve the administration of justice.

Tennessee Bar Associations – Statewide

Founded in 1881, the Tennessee Bar Association is dedicated to enhancing fellowship among members of the state’s legal community. A strictly voluntary association, the TBA offers its members a variety of programs and services designed to assist in professional development. In addition, through its public relations activities, the TBA endeavors to build a positive image for the profession in the community.

Texas Bar Associations – Statewide

  • Texas State Bar, Austin
    1414 Colorado St., Austin 78701, Phone: (512)427-1463

The mission of the State Bar of Texas is to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers, enable its members to better serve their clients and the public, educate the public about the rule of law and promote diversity in the administration of justice and the practice of law.

Utah Bar Associations – Statewide

  • Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City
    645 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City 84111, Phone: (801) 531-9077

Vermont Bar Associations – Statewide

Virginia Bar Associations – Statewide

The Virginia State Bar (VSB) was created in 1938 by the General Assembly as an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The creation of the agency unified Virginia’s lawyers in a mandatory State Bar. The VSB is governed by its Council and Executive Committee, whose members are elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in the Commonwealth. The mission of the Virginia State Bar, as an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia, is to regulate the legal profession of Virginia; to advance the availability and quality of legal services provided to the people of Virginia; and to assist in improving the legal profession and the judicial system.

Washington Bar Associations – Statewide

The mission of the Washington State Bar Association is to promote justice and to serve its members and the public.

District of Columbia Bar Associations – Statewide

Founded in 1956 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, the Foundation of The BAR Association of the District of Columbia supports research and educational programs relating to the administration of justice and makes grants to fund programs that provide legal services affecting children in the District of Columbia. Projects and organizations which have received Foundation support during the past several years include the following:

The Bar’s mission is to provide service to the profession, the courts, and the community. The purposes of the Bar are to aid the court in carrying on and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain high ideals of integrity, learning, competence in public service, and high standards of conduct; to safeguard the proper professional interest of the members of the Bar; to encourage the formation and activities of volunteer bar associations; to provide a forum for and to publish information relating to the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and the relations of the Bar to the public; and to carry on a continuing program of legal research and education and make reports and recommendations in the technical fields of substantive law, practice, and procedure, so that the public responsibility of the legal professional is more effectively discharged.

West Virginia Bar Associations – Statewide

The objects of the West Virginia State Bar shall be to protect the interests of the public; to advance the administration of justice and the science of jurisprudence; to improve the relations between the public and the bench and the bar; to uphold and elevate the standards of honor, integrity, competency and courtesy in the legal profession; and to encourage cordial relations among its members.

Wisconsin Bar Associations – Statewide

The purposes of the association are to aid the courts in carrying on and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain on the part of those engaged in the practice of law high ideals of integrity, learning, competence and public service and high standards of conduct; to safeguard the proper professional interests of the members of the bar; to encourage the formation and activities of local bar associations; to conduct a program of continuing legal education; to assist or support legal education programs at the preadmission level; to provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform and the relations of the bar to the public and to publish information relating thereto; to carry on a continuing program of legal research in the technical fields of substantive law, practice and procedure and make reports and recommendations thereon within legally permissible limits; to promote the innovation, development and improvement of means to deliver legal services to the people of Wisconsin; to the end that the public responsibility of the legal profession may be more effectively discharged.

Wyoming Bar Associations – Statewide