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Center for Bar Leadership

The Center for Bar Leadership helps build the capacity of the organized bar. We are state, local and special-focus bars’ primary connection to the ABA, and provide outstanding programs and time-saving resources for bar leaders.

Introducing the Center for Bar Leadership – Same Commitment, New Name

New Name, Same Commitment

Four Things You Need to Know about Our Name Change:

1. We’re the same knowledgeable, responsive, collaborative staff you’ve always counted on,

2. We’re expanding our leadership development opportunities,

3. We’re exploring new ways to leverage our collective resources, and

4. We’re expanding our knowledge base to encourage innovation and transformative thinking.

For details about our path forward, take a look at our strategic framework.

Bar News and Critical Issues

The center’s publications and social media channels highlight important news and trends impacting the organized bar.


Cornerstones of Democracy Resource Page
Learn about bar programs that foster civil discourse in the community

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Check out our favorite diversity and inclusion resources for bar associations.

Bar Leader Magazine
Our bi-monthly online news magazine covers issues and trends that affect you as a bar association leader.

Bar Leader Weekly
Stay up to date with the latest bar association news and key issues in the legal profession.

State & Local Bar Benchmarks Survey
Bring your officers and boards up to speed on trends and compare your bar with your peers.

What We Do

Clearinghouse & Policy Library

Through its information clearinghouse and policy library, the center shares best practices, policies and other key governing and administrative information.

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Leadership Development

The Center for Bar Leadership is committed to developing courageous and collaborative bars leaders throughout the United States and abroad. Here’s how we do it.

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Consulting & Advisory Services

Trained facilitators with extensive bar expertise assist organizations with strategic planning, board development, membership surveys and succession planning.

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Support Programs and Resources for Bar Leaders

Your tax-deductible donation contributes directly to the center’s program and scholarship funds.

Bar Leadership Spotlight

About the Center

The Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the Center for Bar Leadership help your bar reach its goals. We are your connection to the ABA, with outstanding programs and resources for bar leaders.

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2023-24 ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services