Learn more about legal organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the Massachusetts State Bar, the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), and lawyer referral services throughout the Commonwealth.
Founded in 1910, the Massachusetts Bar Association is a non-profit organization that serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law. As voluntary association of attorneys in Massachusetts, the MBA represents a diverse group of attorneys, judges and legal professionals across the commonwealth.
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) was founded in 1980. Since then its membership has grown to more than 1,000 criminal defense attorneys defending individuals charged with criminal offenses in the federal courts and every state court serving the Commonwealth. As an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), MACDL provides the criminal defense bar with support, information, and a strong, credible voice in the pursuit of justice.
The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) seeks to continually improve the safety of individuals and increase fair access to the Massachusetts justice system. Headquartered in Burlington, MA, the organization was established in 1975. Today it has grown to more than 700 members. The purpose of the organization is to preserve and improve the civil justice system while advancing the cause of those wrongfully injured.
Massachusetts has several lawyer referral services, including services sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, the Bristol County Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, the Hampden County Bar Association, the Hampshire County Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Worcester County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association.