National Bar Association

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National Bar Association
National Bar Association logo.png
Type Legal society
Headquarters Washington, DC
  • United States
65,000 in 2016[1]

The National Bar Association (NBA) was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The current and 75th president is Juan R. Thomas of Aurora, Illinois.

Structure and activities

The National Bar Association (NBA) is governed by a Board of Governors, mostly elected from the membership but also including NBA's officers and representatives of groups such as the NBA's Divisions.[2]

The National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, chaired by Khyla Craine, represents the new members of the legal profession, and membership is open to NBA members who are admitted to practice for less than 10 years or under 40 years old. The association has several affiliate chapters located throughout the United States. Some affiliate chapters of the association are The Cook County Bar Association, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the California Association of Black Lawyers, the Washington Bar Association, the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association [1], the Garden State Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

The National Bar Institute (NBI) is the philanthropic arm of the NBA, founded in 1982. The association has established an annual award in honor of the late Louisiana State Representative Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling—the "Pinkie C. Wilkerson Outstanding State Legislator of the Year Award".[3] The NBA offers a job listing service as well as advertising in its magazine to assist employers seeking to conduct affirmative action outreach toward minority job applicants.[4]


The National Bar Association was established in 1925 as the "Negro Bar Association", after Gertrude Rush, George H. Woodson, S. Joe Brown, James B. Morris, and Charles P. Howard, Sr. were denied membership in the American Bar Association. The young Charles Hamilton Houston, future dean of Howard University Law School, also helped with the founding.[5]

Its first president was George H. Woodson of Des Moines, Iowa. Arnette Hubbard became the NBA's first female president in 1981.[6][7]

In 1940, the NBA attempted to establish "free legal clinics in all cities with a colored population of 5,000 or more."[1] Its members supported litigation that achieved a US Supreme Court ruling that defendants had to be provided with legal counsel.

In 2010, the NBA partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to work toward a complete and accurate count of the nation's population through various outreach activities.[8]



  • Birmingham- Brazil Bar Association
  • Montgomery- Alabama Lawyers Association[9]


  • Little Rock- W. Harold Flowers Society[10]


  • Los Angeles- Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles[11]
  • Los Angeles- John M. Langston Bar Association
  • Mill Valley- CA Association of Black Lawyers[12]
  • Oakland- Charles Houston Bar Association[13]
  • Sacramento- Wiley M. Manuel Bar Association[14]
  • San Diego- Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
  • Santa Clara- Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern CA[15]

District of Columbia

  • Washington- Morocco
  • Washington- Washington Bar Association[16]
  • Washington- GWAC[17]


  • Wilmington- Delaware Barristers Association[18]


  • Apopka- Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter[19]


  • Atlanta- Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys[20]
  • Atlanta- Gate City Bar Association[21]
  • Carrollton


  • Chicago- Cook County Bar Association[22]


  • Indianapolis- Marion County Bar Association[23]


  • Lexington- John Rowe Chapter
  • Louisville- Louisville Black Lawyers Association[24]


  • Baton Rouge- Louis A. Martinet - Baton Rouge[25]


  • Boston- Mass. Black Lawyers Association[26]


  • Baltimore- Alliance of Black Women Attorneys[27]
  • Baltimore- Monumental City Bar Association
  • Greenbelt- J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association[28]


  • Detroit- Wolverine Bar Association[29]
  • Lansing- Davis-Dunning Affiliate Chapter
  • Troy- D. Augustus Straker Bar Association[30]


  • Minneapolis- Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers[31]


  • Kansas City- Jackson County Bar Association[32]
  • St. Louis- Mound City Bar Association[33] ()


  • Jackson- Magnolia Bar Association[34]

New Jersey

  • Trenton- Garden State Bar Association[35]

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque- New Mexico Black Lawyers Association[36]


  • Las Vegas- Las Vegas Chapter[37]

New York

  • New York- Metropolitan Black Bar Association[38]
  • New York- Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Rochester- Rochester Black Bar Association[39]
  • Wheatley Heights- Amistad Long Island Black Bar[40]


  • Cincinnati- Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati[41]
  • Cleveland- Norman S. Minor Bar Association[42]
  • Columbus- John Mercer Langston Bar Association[43]


  • Philadelphia- Barristers Association of Philadelphia[44]


  • Memphis- Ben F. Jones Chapter
  • Nashville- Napier-Looby Chapter [45]


  • Austin- Austin Black Lawyers Association
  • Dallas- J.L. Turner Legal Association[46]
  • Dallas- AA Lawyers of TX State Bar[47]
  • Fort Worth- L. Clifford Davis Legal Association
  • Houston- Houston Lawyers Association[48] ()


  • Richmond- Old Dominion Bar Association[49]


  • Seattle- Loren Miller Bar Association[50]

See also


  1. ^ a b Our History, National Bar Association, retrieved 2012-08-24 
  2. ^ Governance, National Bar Association, retrieved 2012-08-24 
  3. ^ ""State Rep. Wilkerson Killed in Auto Accident', August 1, 2000". Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "National Bar Association Careers". Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  5. ^ NAACP History: "Charles Hamilton Houston", NAACP; accessed 14 May 2017
  6. ^ "First woman president of National Bar Association installed | African American Registry". 1981-07-31. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  7. ^ Fred D. Gray (2002). Bus Ride to Justice: Changing the System by the System : the Life and Works of Fred D. Gray, Preacher, Attorney, Politician. NewSouth Books. pp. 308–. ISBN 978-1-58838-113-2. 
  8. ^ "The National Bar Association (NBA) is Partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
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External links

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