For lawyers in Maryland joining state level legal associations provide a variety of benefits including networking opportunities, publications on a specialty practice areas of the law, and access to quality CLE seminars.
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With over 23,000 members, the Maryland State Bar Association was founded in 1896 and is the voluntary bar organization for Maryland legal professionals. The association's mission is to promote professionalism and diversity in the legal profession, access to justice, public service, and respect for the rule of law. For its members, the MSBA monitors judicial and legislative issues in the state, offers legal education opportunities, encourages leadership, and provides programs that ensure the delivery of quality legal services to all citizens.
The Maryland Association for Justice, Inc., provides support, training and education to its members which include more than 1,300 plaintiff attorneys and personal injury attorneys in Maryland. From its headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, the MAJ works to preserve individual rights within the civil justice system.
The roots of the MAJ can be traced to 1954 when the organization was known as the Maryland Plaintiff's Bar Association. The non-profit organization was incorporated as the Maryland Trial Lawyer Association. On October 29, 2008, the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association became the Maryland Association for Justice, Inc.
Logo of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
The Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association (MCDAA) was formed to promote the study of criminal defense law, provide information to assist attorneys, promote the fair administration of criminal justice, maintain the independence of criminal defense attorneys, to provide networking opportunities to its members. Many of the top criminal defense lawyers in Maryland have joined MCDAA.