Bar Associations

Get involved in the organized bar, and immediately discover opportunities to network and work for the betterment of the profession, the community, or your particular specialty. Select the links below to find membership information and applications:


American Bar Association The largest voluntary professional association in the world, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.


Federal Bar Association Professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges involved in federal practice. The FBA gives its 19,000 members a chance to meet at regional and national conferences, become active in informed discussion of substantive law issues, assume leadership positions at the local and national level, and network with other professionals in the field of federal law. 


The Northern District of Ohio Chapter has more than 500 members, drawn from private practice, government departments and agencies, military branches, law schools within the district, and members of the federal judiciary. The Chapter is committed to serving the needs of the federal courts of the Northern District of Ohio, including Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown, and Sixth Circuit, as well as the needs of federal practitioners within the district and circuit.


Ohio State Bar Association The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary professional association open to any person who has been admitted to the practice of law. Law school students and paralegals/legal assistants are eligible for membership in the OSBA as associate members. Mission Statement: Our core purpose: To advance the professional interests of members of the Ohio State Bar Association. Our core values : Member satisfaction, professionalism, foresight, and quality services and products. Our goal: To make membership in the Ohio State Bar Association indispensable to Ohio lawyers.


Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Founded in 1873, the over 5,300-member Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is a private, non-profit organization which provides a wide variety of membership services and operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region by educating the bar, providing resources that enhance client service and by promoting integrity and ethical behavior among lawyers. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association was one of the first bar associations in the nation, even predating the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and is currently the largest metropolitan provider of legal seminars in Ohio.


Norman S. Minor Bar Association The largest organization of African-American lawyers in the state of Ohio: formed in 1980 by the merger of four previously existing African-American professional organizations, to wit: John Harlan Law Club; Cleveland Lawyers' Association; The Black Women Lawyers' Association; and The National Conference of Black Lawyers, Cleveland Chapter. The association's members are engaged in various aspects of legal practice throughout Cuyahoga and surrounding counties, and in all state and federal courts.


Ohio Association of Justice Mission Statement: To seek justice for all...To preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury...To champion the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person or property...To promote the public good through concerted efforts to secure safe products, a safe workplace, a clean environment, and quality health care... To further the rule of law and the civil justice system, and to protect the rights of the accused... To inspire excellence in advocacy through training and education..To encourage cooperation among members... To advance the common law and finest traditions of jurisprudence..To uphold the honor and dignity of the legal profession and the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity.

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL), founded in 1986, is a professional association with over 525 members around the state. OACDL is an advocate of progressive criminal laws and policies that are consistent with constitutional principles, limited government intrusion into the lives of Americans, and a free society.

Ohio Women's Bar Association Purpose and goals: Fostering communications and networking among women attorneys; Promoting and advancing professional opportunities for women attorneys; Promoting the appointment and selection of women to various federal, state and local positions of influence; Promoting women as leaders; Promoting and providing continuing legal education targeting areas of particular interest to women attorneys; Monitoring and supporting government legislation policies and practices affecting women; Serving as a statewide resource representing perspectives of women in the legal profession Get involved in the organized bar, and immediately discover opportunities to network and work for the betterment of the profession, the community, or your particular specialty. Select the links below to find membership information and applications:


Local County Bar Associations:

Lorain County Bar Association

Ashtabula County Bar Association

Lake County Bar Association

Geauga County Bar Association

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