History of the American Bar Association
On August 21, 1878, seventy-five lawyers from twenty states and the District of Columbia met in Saratoga Springs, New York, to establish the American Bar Association. Since that first meeting, the ABA has played a formative role in the development of the profession of law in the United States.
Explore the Interactive Timeline to learn about many of the significant and interesting events and people in the Association’s rich history. These compelling ABA stories are an integral part of the larger story of American law, governance, and society. Join us in celebrating the historical accomplishments of the Association and its members, dedicated to serving the American legal profession and the public.