A “bar association” is a professional association of attorneys. While every state in the country has a bar association, they vary widely in terms of structure and function.
The majority of state bar associations regulate the admission of attorneys to practice law in the state as well as oversee disciplinary actions that may need to be taken against the attorney. In a few states, regulatory agencies within the judicial branch of the state government handle these tasks.
Regardless of the specific function of your state bar association, the bar association’s website is a good place to find out whether an attorney is licensed to practice law.
This begs the question:
Should you check to make sure the attorney you’re considering hiring is licensed in your state?
The answer is a resounding YES.
It’s illegal for a lawyer to practice law in a state where they aren’t licensed (unless the lawyer has been admitted to practice in the state on a limited basis through an admission process called pro hac vice).
The following is a list of the state bar associations (in alphabetical order), along with the association’s contact information, some details about the association, and a link to the association’s attorney directory. Skip to your state and visit the linked websites to get a feel for the types of services your state and local bar association offers.
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 · (334) 269-1515
The Alabama State Bar (ASB) was founded in 1923 to serve the dual role as an advocate for the legal profession and the public. Since its creation, the ASB has initiated programs that address everything from securing adequate funding for representing indigent defendants to ensuring that non-lawyers sit on disciplinary panels. The ASB has almost 19,000 members, 80% of whom reside in the state of Alabama.
Alaska Bar Association
840 K Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501 · (907) 272-7469
The Alaska Bar Association (ABA), founded in 1896, is governed by the ABA Board of Governors, consisting of 9 attorneys elected by the membership and 3 public members appointed by the governor. The ABA governs the admission and disciplinary processes, as well as provides services to the general public, including self-help resources and free legal help events. The ABA is one of the smallest state bar associations in the country with just over 4,000 members.
Member directory: https://alaskabar.org/member-services/member-login/
Local bar associations: Anchorage Bar Association, Juneau Bar Association, more local bar associations
State Bar of Arizona
4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016 · (602) 252-4804
The State Bar of Arizona (SBA) was founded in 1906. The SBA is governed by a 30-member Board of Governors, consisting of 4 non-attorneys appointed by the Board, 3 members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court, 19 attorney members elected by fellow SBA members, the past president of the SBA, and the deans of Arizona’s 3 law schools. The SBA, with more than 23,000 members, lists its top priority as promoting the highest standards of member ethics, competence and professionalism, and fostering a legal profession equipped to serve the community’s legal needs.
Member directory: https://www.azbar.org/for-the-public/legal-help-education/find-a-lawyer/
Local bar associations: Maricopa County Bar Association, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Pima County Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association
2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202 · 501-375-4606
The Arkansas Bar Association (ABA) was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1898. The purposes of the ABA range from providing continuing legal education for attorneys through various programs and publications to helping educate the public about the Arkansas judicial system. The ABA’s first president was Uriah Milton Rose, the founder of the famed Rose Law Firm. Today, the ABA has more than 5,100 members.
Member directory: https://attorneyinfo.aoc.arkansas.gov/info/attorney_search/info/attorney/attorneysearch.aspx
Local Bar Associations: Pulaski County Bar Association
State Bar of California
180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 · 415-538-2000
The primary mission of the State Bar of California (SBC) is to protect the public through licensing, regulation, and discipline of attorneys. In addition, the SBC seeks to improve access to justice and promote diversity through a number of programs. The SBC, which was created by legislation in 1927, is the largest in the country, with more than 279,000 members. The SBC licenses more than 250,000 attorneys, investigates approximately 16,000 complaints of attorney misconduct annually, and distributes over $78 million in grants to legal aid organizations.
Member directory: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public
Local Bar Associations: Alameda County Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Bernardino County Bar Association, Riverside County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Colorado Bar Association
1900 Grant St, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203 · 303-860-1115
The Colorado Bar Association (CBA) has more than 18,000 members. Founded in 1897, the CBA is governed by a 21-member board of governors. The main goals of the CBA include recruiting and retaining members, engaging underrepresented populations, facilitating access to justice and utilizing new and young attorneys. The CBA’s official publication is the Colorado Lawyer.
Member directory: https://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/Search/AttSearch.asp
Local bar associations: Denver Bar Association, El Paso County Bar Association, Arapahoe County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Connecticut Bar Association
30 Bank Street, New Britain, CT 06050 · 860-223-4400
In addition to regulating the admission of attorneys to practice law in Connecticut and overseeing disciplinary actions, the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), founded in 1875, has more than 70 sections and committees and produces over 400 programs every year. There are more than 7,000 members in the CBA.
Member directory: https://www.jud.ct.gov/SGCdecisions/names.aspx
Local bar associations: Fairfield County Bar Association, Danbury Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, New Haven County Bar Association, New London County Bar Association, Waterbury Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar
1101 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 · 202-737-4700
With its headquarters on the famed K Street, the District of Columbia Bar (DC Bar) is the 2nd largest mandatory bar association in the United States. The main functions of the DC Bar include administering admissions and licensing, and handling disciplinary actions. The DC Bar also offers a client security fund, public service programs, and self-help forms.
Member directory: https://www.dcbar.org/for-the-public/hiring-a-lawyer
Local bar associations: List of local bar associations
Delaware State Bar Association
405 North King Street, Suite 100, Wilmington, DE 19801 · 302-658-5279
Since its founding in 1923, the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) has attempted to promote ethical conduct by lawyers and protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law. Clients who are unable to resolve fee disputes with their attorneys can turn to the DSBA for help. The DSBA, headquartered in Wilmington, allows law students to join as “student members.”
Member directory: https://rp470541.doelegal.com/vwPublicSearch/Show-VwPublicSearch-Table.aspx
Local bar associations: None
651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399 · 850-561-5600
The purposes of the Florida Bar, founded in 1950, include regulating the practice of law in the Sunshine State, ensuring the highest standards of legal professionalism, and protecting the public by prosecuting unethical attorneys and preventing the unlicensed practice of law.
Member directory: http://www.floridabar.org/names.nsf/MESearchDK?openform
Local bar associations: Broward County Bar Association, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, More local bar associations
State Bar of Georgia
104 Marietta Street NW, Suite100, Atlanta, GA 30303 · 404-527-8700
The State Bar of Georgia (SBG) governs the legal profession in Georgia under the supervision of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The SBG also provides a number of services to the general public, including legal aid for qualifying individuals, self-help resources, and attorney-dispute resolution services. The SBG is headquartered in Atlanta and has more than 37,000 members.
Member directory: http://www.gabar.org/membership/membersearch.cfm
Local bar associations: North Fulton Bar Association, Gwinnett County Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Hawaii State Bar Association
110 Alakea Street, Suite 1000, Honolulu, HI 96813 · 808-537-1868
The Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) was a volunteer organization for 100 years before becoming the official professional trade association for all lawyers licensed to practice in Hawaii in 1989. According to the HSBA, its mission is “to unite and inspire Hawaii's lawyers to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession."
Member directory: http://hsba.org/HSBA/SEARCH_DIRECTORY/HSBA/Directory/Directory_Search.aspx
Local bar associations: None
Idaho State Bar
525 W. Jefferson Street, Boise, ID 83702 · 208-334-4500
All lawyers practicing in Idaho must be licensed by the Idaho State Bar (ISB). The ISB is governed by 5 commissioners, elected from Idaho’s 7 judicial districts, and financed by license fees paid by each Idaho attorney. Among other things, the ISB manages admissions, mandatory continuing legal education, attorney discipline, and the Client Assistance Fund. The ISB also offers a statewide Lawyer Referral Service.
Member directory: http://isb.idaho.gov/licensing/attorney_roster.cfm
Local bar associations: Bonner County Bar Association, Kootenai County Bar Association, Shoshone County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Illinois State Bar Association
424 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62701 · 217-525-1760
Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is a voluntary organization, meaning lawyers don’t have to be members in order to practice. Nevertheless, the organization has more than 28,000 members. The goals of the ISBA include improving access to justice, shaping legislation, and educating the public about the courts.
Member directory: http://isb.idaho.gov/licensing/attorney_roster.cfm
Local bar associations: Champaign County Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530, Indianapolis, IN 46204 · 317-639-5465
The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is a voluntary organization, which means licensed attorneys are not required to be members. Founded in 1896, the ISBA is governed by members elected to its House of Delegates, Board of Governors, and Executive Committee. Offering a number of programs for lawyers and the general public, the ISBA’s goal is to improve the administration of justice and promote public understanding of the legal system.
Member directory: https://courtapps.in.gov/rollofattorneys
Local bar associations: Adams County Bar Association, Boone County Bar Association, Clark County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Iowa State Bar Association
625 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 · 515-243-3179
Headquartered in Des Moines, at the foot of the Iowa Capitol, the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) represents more than 7,000 lawyers. The association is governed by a 43-member Board of Governors elected from each of the state’s 14 judicial election districts. The association’s officers (President, President-Elect and Vice-President) are elected by members after being nominated by the Board of Governors. The ISBA offers a range of services for the public, from educational publications to free legal help.
Kansas State Bar Association
625 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 · 515-243-3179
The Kansas Bar Association (KBA) was founded in 1882 as a voluntary association for legal professionals. It currently has more than 6,000 members. The goals of the KBA include: advancing the professionalism and legal skills of lawyers, promoting the interests of the legal profession, advocating positions on law-related issues, encouraging public understanding of the law, and promoting the effective administration of our system of justice.
Member directory: https://directory-kard.kscourts.org/
Local bar associations: Douglas County Bar Association, Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Topeka Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association, Wyandotte County Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 · 502-564-3795
The Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) is tasked with regulating the legal profession in Kentucky. The KBA, which is headquartered in Frankfort, has more than 18,980 members. Among other things, the KBA manages a Client Security Fund that ensures some measure of restitution to clients who have lost money because of the unethical conduct of a member of the KBA.
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 · 504-566-1600
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) was founded in 1929. Although it was once a voluntary association, it now requires licensed attorneys to be members. The mission of the LSBA is to serve its members in the practice of law, assure access to justice, promote the professional competence of attorneys, and increase public understanding of and respect for the law.
Member directory: http://www.lsba.org/public/membershipdirectory.aspx
Local bar associations: Shreveport Bar Association, Lincoln Bar Association, Alexandria Bar Association, More local bar associations
Maine State Bar Association
124 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330 · 207-622-7523
The Maine State Bar Association (MSBA), with more than 3,100 members, is a voluntary association that advocates for lawyers, the courts, and the general public. In 1983, the MSBA established the Maine Justice Foundation, a statewide nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to law-related charitable work.
Member directory: https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/maine_bar/attorney_directory.pl
Local bar associations: Cumberland Bar Association
Maryland Bar Association
520 W. Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201 · 410-685-7878
The Maryland Bar Association (MBA) seeks to connect and empower the legal profession by, among other things, publishing practice updates and actively shaping legislation considered in Annapolis and D.C. that impacts Maryland’s lawyers and legal professionals. For the public, the MBA offers free legal information, attorney dispute resolution services, and a lawyer referral service.
Member directory: https://www.courts.state.md.us/lawyers/attylist
Local bar associations: Allegany County Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, Calvert County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West Street, Boston, MA 02111 · 617-338-0500
The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) is a non-profit bar association in Massachusetts with headquarters in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. The MBA also has a Western Massachusetts office. In addition to providing services for licensed attorneys in Massachusetts, the MBA has a number of programs for the public, including a lawyer referral service, a free arbitration board, and an access to justice fund.
State Bar of Michigan
306 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933 · 517-346-6300
Established in 1935, lawyers in Michigan must be members of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) in order to obtain and maintain their license. The goal of the SBM is to support and improve the justice system's efficiency, improve access to justice for all, and enhance the public understanding of the system and profession. What’s more, the SBM offers continuing legal education courses to practicing attorneys.
Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402 · 612-333-1183
Founded in 1883, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) is composed of the council, the assembly, along with various sections, committees, and staff. The MSBA lists its 4 goals: improving diversity and inclusion, improving access to justice, advocating for the profession, and taking strong policy positions.
Member directory: http://lprb.mncourts.gov/LawyerSearch/Pages/default.aspx
Local bar associations: Anoka County Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Mississippi State Bar
643 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39202 · 601-948-4471
The 1st state bar association in the United States was organized in Natchez by a group of Mississippi lawyers in 1821. The association only lasted 4 years, but it was revived in 1906 as the Mississippi State Bar (MSB). In addition to advocating for lawyers, the MSB provides a number of resources to the general public, including free legal information, assistance resolving client-attorney disputes, and pro bono resources.
Missouri State Bar
326 Monroe, Jefferson City, MO 65102 · 573-635-4128
The Missouri State Bar (MSB), which was founded in 1944, provides a number of valuable resources to lawyers and the general public. These resources include continuing education classes, legal publications, access to case law, and free workshops open to the public. All lawyers in Missouri are required to join the MSB.
Member directory: https://mobar.org/site/For_the_Public/Official_Directory_of_Lawyers/site/content/For-the-Public/Lawyer_Directory.aspx
Local bar associations: Boone County Bar, Cass County Bar, Clay County Bar Association, More local bar associations
State Bar of Montana
7 West 6th Avenue Suite 2B, Helena, MT 59601 · 406-442-7660
The State Bar of Montana (SBM) was created by order of the Montana Supreme Court in 1974. The SBM’s slogan is “serving the people of Montana and their lawyers,” which sums up the association well. The SBM offers publications and other educational resources for attorneys, as well as self-help materials and lawyer referral services for the general public.
Nebraska State Bar Association
635 South 14th Street Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508 · 402-475-7091
The Nebraska State Bar (NSBA) is governed by a House of Delegates and an Executive Council. As such, they are tasked with carrying out the NSBA’s mission, which is to help Nebraska lawyers achieve “the highest standards of competence, ethics and professionalism, and to protect and promote the administration of and access to justice.” The NSBA has roughly 9,000 members.
State Bar of Nevada
600 East Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104 · 702-382-2200
Founded in 1928, the State Bar of Nevada (SBN) regulates all attorneys in Nevada. More specifically, the SBN manages licensing and compliance, continuing legal education requirements, and disciplinary actions. Qualifying members of the public can obtain free legal services through the SBN. The SBN has more than 10,000 members (71% of whom reside in Clark County).
Member directory: https://www.nvbar.org/lawyerreferral/attorney-discipline/
Local bar associations: Clark County Bar Association, Washoe County Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
2 Pillsbury Street Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301 · 603-224-6942
The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA), founded in 1873, serves 3 groups: the legal community, the court system, and the general public. The NHBA does this by, among other things, providing resources and tools to assist attorneys, fostering communication between the courts and the legal community, and providing free legal referrals through the Modest Means Program and the NH Free Legal Answers Program. The NHBA has about 6,000 members.
New Jersey State Bar Association
One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 · 732-249-5000
The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) was founded in 1899. The purposes of the NJBA include cultivating relationships between members, advocating for appropriate legal reform, and improving access to justice. Membership in the NJSBA is voluntary.
Member directory: http://drblookupportal.judiciary.state.nj.us/Search.aspx
Local bar associations: Atlantic County Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, Camden County Bar Association, More local bar associations
State Bar of New Mexico
5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 · 505-797-6000
Established in 1886, the State Bar of New Mexico (SBNM) is governed by a 23-member Board of Bar Commissioners (BBC) who are tasked with carrying out the SBNM mission: “To be a united and inclusive organization serving the legal profession and the public.” The SBNM offers a number of programs for the community, including free workshops on a variety of legal topics throughout New Mexico.
Member directory: https://www.nmbar.org/Nmstatebar/For_Public/Find_an_Attorney.aspx
Local bar associations: Albuquerque Bar Association, Taos County Bar Association, More local bar associations
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 · 518-463-3200
The New York State Bar (NYSBA), established in 1876, has had its share of famous members, including Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today, the NYSBA has more than 75,000 members. The mission of the NYSBA is “to shape the development of law, educate and inform the public, and respond to the demands of the diverse and ever-changing legal profession.” The NYSBA advocates for state and federal legislation and works to promote equal access to justice for all.
Member directory: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/attorney/AttorneySearch
Local bar associations: Albany County Bar Association, Bronx County Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, More local bar associations
North Carolina State Bar (NCSB)
208 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27611 · 919-828-4620
The North Carolina State Bar (NCSB) was established in 1933 by the North Carolina General Assembly as the government agency responsible for regulating the legal profession in North Carolina. The NCSB currently regulates more than 27,000 licensed lawyers. What’s more, the NYCSB offers a host of services for the general public, including attorney-client dispute resolution services and a lawyer referral service.
State Bar Association of North Dakota
504 North Washington, Bismarck, ND 58501 · 701-255-1404
Established more than 100 years ago in 1899, the State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND) is a mandatory bar association committed to promoting justice while serving the needs of North Dakota lawyers and the public. SBAND services include continuing legal education courses, the lawyer assistance program, legal research technology, insurance programs, and the client protection fund.
Member directory: https://www.court.state.nd.us/lawyers/
Local bar associations: Walsh County Bar Association, Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association, Lake Region Bar Association, More local bar associations
Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, OH 43216 · 614-487-2050
The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) was founded in 1880. In 1912, Florence Ellingwood Allen became the first woman to speak at an OSBA annual meeting and in 1920 she became the first woman to be elected justice in the United States. Today, the OSBA, perched alongside the Scioto River, represents more than 26,000 members and has 43 committees and sections. Through its programs, the OSBA seeks to promote the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
Member directory: https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttorneySearch/#/search
Local bar associations: Allen County Bar Association, Butler County Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Oklahoma State Bar Association
1901 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 · 405-416-7000
Established in 1939, the Oklahoma State Bar Association (OSBA) has its headquarters in the State Capitol Complex in Oklahoma City. The OSBA offers a wide variety of community service programs designed to help Oklahomans. What’s more, the OSBA Office of the General Counsel investigates complaints against lawyers and prosecutes lawyers who have committed ethical violations.
Oregon State Bar
5200 Southwest Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 · 503-620-0222
The mission of the Oregon State Bar (OSB), founded in 1935, is to “serve justice and the public interest by promoting respect for the rule of law, by improving the quality of legal services, and by increasing access to justice.” The OSB accomplishes its mission by, among other things, regulating the legal profession, supporting the judiciary to improve the administration of justice, and providing free legal resources to the public.
Member directory: http://www.osbar.org/members/membersearch_start.asp
Local bar associations: Baker County Bar Association, Columbia County Bar Association, Coos County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Pennsylvania Bar Association
100 South Street, Harrisburg, PA 17108 · 717-238-6715
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) seeks to support and promote the equal administration of justice for all. Among other things, the PBA provides educational resources, pro bono services, and a lawyer referral service. Led by the PBA Young Lawyers Division, the PBA also provides free estate planning documents to first responders and military veterans in Pennsylvania.
Member directory: https://www.padisciplinaryboard.org/for-the-public/find-attorney
Local bar associations: Adams County Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Beaver County Bar Association, More local bar associations
Rhode Island Bar Association
115 Cedar Street, Providence, RI 02903 · 401-421-5740
The Rhode Island Bar Association (RIBA) is a mandatory association, meaning a lawyer must be a member of the bar in order to obtain a license to practice in the state of Rhode Island. The RIBA is made up of several divisions and committees that work to enhance the practice of law, offer benefits to members, and strengthen the relationship between the bar and the community.
Member directory: https://www.ribar.com/Members/Directory/
Local bar associations: None
South Carolina Bar
950 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29202 · 803-799-6653
The South Carolina Bar (SCB), founded in its present form in 1975, seeks to serve its members and the public by dancing the legal profession through high-quality education, continuous innovation, and facilitating improvements in the administration of justice. The SCB has roughly 13,000 members.
Member directory: https://www.scbar.org/lawyers/directory/
Local bar associations: Beaufort County Bar Association, Berkeley County Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, More local bar associations.
South Dakota Bar
222 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501 · 605-224-7554
The South Dakota Bar (SDB) was established by the South Dakota Legislature in 1931. The SDB is responsible for attorney admissions, as well as disciplining attorneys who violate the high standard of professional conduct set by the SDB. The SDB has roughly 3,000 members.
Member directory: http://www.statebarofsouthdakota.com/
Local bar associations: None
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue North Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219 · 615-383-7421
The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is a voluntary organization founded in 1881. The primary goals of the TBA are maintaining the honor, dignity and well-being of the members of the legal profession, and promoting responsible relationships between the legal profession and the public. These goals are met through various programs intended to help lawyers and the general public, including continuing legal education courses and pro bono services.
Member directory: http://www.tbpr.org/for-the-public/online-attorney-directory
local bar associations: Chattanooga Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
1414 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701 · 512-427-1463
Established more than 100 years ago in 1882, the State Bar of Texas (SBT) is charged with managing attorney grievances, organizing continuing legal education classes, and providing free resources and legal services to the general public. Membership in the State Bar of Texas is required in order to practice law in the state. There are roughly 95,000 members in the SBT.
Member directory: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Find_A_Lawyer&Template=/CustomSource/MemberDirectory/Search_Form_Client_Main.cfm
Local bar associations: Amarillo Area Bar Association, Arlington Bar Association, Austin Bar Association, More local bar associations
Utah State Bar
645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 · 801-531-9077
The Utah State Bar (USB) was established by the Utah Supreme Court in 1884 with the goal of serving the legal community and the general public. The USB oversees compliance and admissions requirements, as well as coordinates services for the public with the Utah Law and Justice Center. The USB, which is managed by a 13-member Board of Commissioners, has approximately 10,565 members.
Vermont State Bar
35-37 Court Street, Montpelier, VT 05601 · 802-223-2020
The Vermont State Bar (VSB), founded in Montpelier in 1878, is a voluntary association. With just over 2,000 members, the VSB “promotes the highest standards of skill, ethics and professionalism within an inclusive legal profession; fosters understanding and respect for the rule of law; supports equal access to a fair and effective system of justice; and provides valuable resources to its members.” The public can find self-help resources, a list of foreclosure mediators, and pro bono services on the VSB website.
Member directory: http://www.vermontjudiciary.org/LC/attylicensing.aspx
Local bar associations: None
Virginia Bar Association
701 E. Franklin Street Suite 1120, Richmond, VA 23219 · 804-644-0041
Established in 1888, the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) is a voluntary organization tasked with advocating for Virginia’s lawyers and improving the general public’s access to justice. The VBA has more than 31,000 active members and an additional 20,000 non-active members.
Member directory: http://www.vsb.org/attorney/attSearch.asp
Local bar associations: Arlington County Bar Association, Chesapeake Bay Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, More local bar associations
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Avenue Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101 · 206-443-9722
The mission of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is to “serve the public and the members of the Bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.” To accomplish this, the WSBA administers the bar admission process, provides licensing functions, and administers grievance and disciplinary systems. Additionally, the WSBA provides continuing legal education for attorneys and self-help resources for the general public.
Member directory: https://www.mywsba.org/PersonifyEbusiness/LegalDirectory.aspx
Local bar associations: Adams County Bar Association, Asotin County Bar Association, Benton-Franklin Bar Association, More local bar associations
West Virginia Bar Association
1111 6th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25722 · 304-522-2652
The West Virginia State Bar (WVSB) is an agency of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The organization services roughly 9,000 licensed attorneys. Formed in 1947, the WVSB is governed by a 25 member Board of Governors that seeks to protect the interests of the public and to advance the administration of justice and the science of jurisprudence.
State Bar of Wisconsin
5302 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison, WI 53718 · 608-257-3838
The State Bar of Wisconsin (SBW) is a mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. With more than 25,000 members, the SBW aims to improve the administration of justice, provide continuing legal education and other services for its members, support the education of law students, and educate the public about the legal system. The SBW offers a number of free and reduced-fee legal services for low-income Wisconsinites.
Wyoming State Bar
4124 Laramie Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001 · 307-632-9061
Although the Wyoming State Bar (WSB) only has about 3,500 members, it offers a host of programs in its effort to regulate the practice of law, facilitate the provision of quality legal services to the public, and assist attorneys in the professional practice of law. These programs include a client protection fund, continuing legal education courses, and a lawyer referral service.
Member directory: https://www.wyomingbar.org/for-the-public/membership-directory/
Local bar associations: None