Legal Associations

From local voluntary bar associations to national non-profit legal organizations, these groups are the foundation for a well-versed community of legal professionals. Legal associations play a pivotal role in activism, reform, education and support for the legal community.

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Lawyer Legion is an independent media resource not affiliated with any legal associations. The logo for each of these groups is displayed as a visual indicator to help users identify each group. Below you will find a list of some of the most well-known and trusted legal organizations in the United States.



American Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

www.justice.org

American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), has grown to be the foremost association in the nation for lawyers representing plaintiffs. AAJ strives to promote a fair and effective justice system and support attorneys in their efforts to ensure that persons injured by the misconduct or negligence... Read more »


American College of Real Estate Lawyers

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

www.acrel.org

The American College of Real Estate Lawyers is a professional organization of attorneys who work in the field of real estate law. The organization was founded in 1978. Membership in the organization is by invitation only. Lawyers with a strong practice in real estate law who have a positive reputation... Read more »


American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

www.actec.org

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nationwide professional organization of lawyers who work in the fields of law pertaining to the transfer of wealth and assets during life and after death, as well as the tax implications that are associated. The organization, founded in 1949...Read more »


American Immigration lawyers Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association

www.aila.org

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) promotes justice, advocates for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advances the quality of immigration and nationality law and practices to enhance the professional development of its members. AILA provides continuing legal education (CLE), professional services... Read more »


DUI Defense Lawyers Association

DUI Defense Lawyers Association

www.duidla.org

The DUIDLA was created to promote excellence in aggressively defending those charged with DUI or DWI related crimes across the United States. DUIDLA serves attorneys, both private attorneys, and public defenders, in obtaining the knowledge and advanced training in DUI-related areas... Read more »


Maritime Law Association of the United States

Maritime Law Association of the United States

www.mlaus.org

The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLAUS), established in 1899, is a national professional organization of lawyers who practice maritime law, also called admiralty law. The associations exist as a venue for maritime lawyers to discuss news and issues in the practice... Read more »


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

www.naela.org

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., is a nationwide organization of lawyers focused on elder law, which includes a wide range of laws that either specifically target or have a significant impact on the United States' elderly and aging population... Read more »


National Association of Consumer Advocates

National Association of Consumer Advocates

www.naca.net

The National Association of Consumer Advocates is a non-profit association comprised of more than 1,500 attorneys throughout the United States who represent consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices. Founded in 1994, members of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) include both... Read more »


National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

www.nacba.org

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), a District of Columbia non-profit corporation, was formed in 1992 to serve the needs of consumer bankruptcy attorneys and protect the rights of consumer debtors. The NACBA is recognized as the leading voice in America on consumer bankruptcy law... Read more »


National Association of Council for Children

National Association of Council for Children

www.naccchildlaw.org

Founded in 1977, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, delinquency, and family law cases. This non-profit charitable and professional membership organization is headquarters in the Kempe Center on the campus of the Children's Hospital in Colorado... Read more »


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

www.nacdl.org

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal justice system by protecting the rights of the accused and promoting due process. With more than 12,000 national members and 90 affiliate organizations at a local, state and international level, NACDL and its affiliates have over 40,000 members including many of the top criminal defense lawyers in the... Read more »


National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

www.naepc.org

The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils is dedicated to establishing and ensuring professional standards for professionals, including attorneys, who assist people with arranging the disposal of their estate after death. Founded in 1962... Read more »


National College for DUI Defense

National College for DUI Defense

www.ncdd.com

The National College for DUI Defense®, Inc. (NCDD), is the largest non-profit, professional organization of attorneys focused specifically on defending DUI and related criminal charges. With nearly 1,200 members the NCDD includes many of the most experienced and successful DUI / DWI / OWI defense attorneys... Read more »


National Elder Law Foundation

National Elder Law Foundation

www.nelf.org

Founded in 1993, the National Elder Law Foundation is the only national certifying program for elder law and special needs attorneys in this new and growing specialty area. The purpose of the program is to acknowledge attorneys who have demonstrated the highest knowledge, proficiency, and experience in the field of representing elderly... Read more »


National Employment Lawyers Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

www.nela.org

The National Employment Lawyers Association is a professional organization for lawyers who represent workers and employees in employment law matters. Possible issues include discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment or other harassment, worker safety and issues relating to benefits... Read more »


National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild

www.nlg.org

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association (ABA). As the first racially integrated national bar association, the NLG promotes progressive political movements protect human rights above property interests. The NLG is noted for... Read more »


National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - Legal Committee

NORML National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

www.norml.org

The NORML National Legal Committee (NLC) is a group of more than 600 attorneys including many of the top criminal defense attorneys focused on defending individuals charged with marijuana crimes. Attorneys on the National Legal Committee include not only criminal defense attorneys but also attorneys focused on... Read more »


National Police Accountability Project

National Police Accountability Project

www.nlg-npap.org

The National Police Accountability (NPAP) is a project of the National Lawyers Guild, which was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association. Today, the NPAP membership includes more than 500 civil rights attorneys. The organization is devoted to ending police misconduct by... Read more »


The National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers

www.thenationaltriallawyers.org

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of civil plaintiff and criminal defense trial lawyers in the United States. The goals of the National Trial Lawyers include educating the public about the important work done by trial lawyers to protect individual rights in our judicial system. Members of... Read more »


American Bar Association

www.americanbar.org

American Bar Association (ABA) is the largest voluntary organization of lawyers and law students in the world. Founded on August 21, 1878, the ABA has grown to more than 400,000 members and 3,500 entities. The ABA is known for setting academic standards for law schools and developing model ethical rules for the legal profession... Read more »


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

www.aaml.org

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded "To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law." Family law attorneys in AAML seek to advance the education, growth, and standards of matrimonial law. Currently, AAML has more than 1,600 Fellows in the United States... Read more »


Association of Attorney-Mediators

www.attorney-mediators.org

The Association of Attorney-Mediators (AAM) is a professional organization of lawyers who practice mediation and alternative dispute resolution. The organization began in 1989 in Texas and has spread along with the practice of mediation throughout the United States. With more than... Read more »


Legal Marketing Association - Founded in 1985, the Legal Marketing Association ("LMA") is a non-profit professional organization. With its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. LMA serves individuals throughout the country involved in marketing, advertising and business development within the legal profession.


This article was last updated on Friday, April 8, 2017.