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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The definition of a "legal association" is a group of individuals who are often attorneys and other legal professionals meeting or associated for a common purpose related to the legal profession, fellowship and networking opportunities.
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 largest, most well-known, and trusted legal organizations in the United States.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 (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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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.