Bar associations are professional organizations of lawyers which are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in their jurisdictions. Others are organizations dedicated to serving their members by providing seminars, classes and materials. In many cases, the organization provides both types of services. In many states, a lawyer must be admitted to their state bar to be able to practice law in that jurisdiction.
Bar Association Definition (per Wikipedia)
“A bar association is a professional body of lawyers. Some bar associations are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in their jurisdiction; others are professional organizations dedicated to serving their members; in many cases, they are both. In many Commonwealth jurisdictions, the bar association comprises lawyers who are qualified as barristers or advocates in particular, versus solicitors (see bar council). Membership in bar associations may be mandatory or optional for practicing attorneys, depending on jurisdiction.
In the United States, admission to the bar is permission granted by a particular court system to a lawyer to practice law in that system. This is to be distinguished from membership in a bar association. In the United States, some states require membership in the state bar association for all attorneys, while others do not.
Although bar associations historically existed as unincorporated voluntary associations, nearly all bar associations have since been organized (or reorganized) as corporations. Furthermore, membership in some of them (see the next section below) is no longer voluntary, which is why some of them have omitted the word “association” and merely call themselves the “state bar” to indicate that they are the incorporated body that constitutes the entire admitted legal profession of a state.”
Listed below is a table of both national, as well as, state bar associations together with a link to their website. This should enable the reader to quickly access information valuable to their particular need.
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National Bar Associations & Other Organizations
- American Bar Association – 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.
- ALI-ABA-Committee on Continuing Legal Education
- American Arbitration Association
- American Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.
- American Inns of Court Foundation
- American Judicature Society
- American Judicature Society – Judicial Selection
- American Society of Corporate Secretaries
- Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
- Association of Legal Administrators
- Federal Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- National Association of Legal Assistants – NALA is the nation’s leading professional association for paralegals. As a non-profit organization, NALA provides continuing education and professional development programs for paralegals – from novice to experienced professionals.
- National Association of Patent Practitioners
- National Attorney of Color Network
- National Board of Trial Advocacy
- National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Federation of Paralegals
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- National Law Firm Marketing Association
- National Legal Video Association
- National Minority Law Group
- ACLU – For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
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- Better Business Bureau
- Hispanic Professional Network
- National Society of Hispanic MBAs
- Society for Hispanic Engineers