American Bar Association

Our mission is to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.

Serve Our Members

Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members’professional growth and quality of life.

Serve Our Members

Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members’professional growth and quality of life.

Serve Our Members

Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members’professional growth and quality of life.

Serve Our Members

Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members’professional growth and quality of life.

ABA History

Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to advancing the rule of law across the United States and beyond by providing practical resources for legal professionals, law school accreditation, model ethics codes and more.

2021

First American Bar Association Section

Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar becomes the first ABA section.

2021

William Howard Taft Becomes ABA President

He is the only person to be ABA President, President of the United States, and member of U.S. Supreme Court.

2021

Membership not dependent on Race, Creed, or Color

This resolution is passed by the ABA Assembly.

2021

Awards Promote Diversity

The first Spirit of Excellence Awards are presented. They are annually awarded to “celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession.”

2021

First African-American Woman President

Paulette Brown of Maryland becomes the first African-American woman to serve as president of the ABA.

Serve Our Members

Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members’professional growth and quality of life.

The Value of ABA Membership

As an ABA member, you can build your professional reputation while you pursue your interests – write, teach, lead, lobby and learn.

Enrich your career

Enrich your career

Build your professional reputation while you pursue your interests – write, teach, lead, lobby and learn.

Enrich your career

Enrich your career

Access content from award-winning periodicals, nationally recognized speakers and practical online resources.

Enrich your career

Enrich your career

Our lobbyists coordinate with members to fight legislation that could negatively affect the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession.

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is 501(c)(3) charitable fund that support the public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association.