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Arizona

Maricopa County Bar Association

2001 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

Phone: 602-257-4200

Pima County Bar Association

177 N Church Ave, Tucson, AZ, 85701

Phone: 520-623-8258
Fax: 910-692-9382
California

Bidwells Bar Association

917 Kelly Rdg Rd, Oroville, CA, 95966

Phone: 530-589-4938

Rancho Cucamonga Bar Association

10630 Town Ctr Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730

Phone: 909-483-0548
Fax: 707-826-7321

San Diego County CA Bar Association

401 W A St, San Diego, CA, 92101

Phone: 619-231-0781

San Gabriel Valley Bar Association

100 Corson St, Pasadena, CA, 91103

Phone: 626-796-4000

Santa Barbara County Bar Association

123 W Padre St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

Phone: 805-569-5511
Fax: 805-569-2888

Tel-Law Pasadena Bar Association

234 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91101

Phone: 626-795-1398
Colorado

Boulder County Bar Association

1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80302

Phone: 303-440-4758
Fax: 212-633-1385
Connecticut

Ganassini Nancy-Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

1057 Broad St, Bridgeport, CT, 3460

Phone: 203-384-9346
Fax: 203-336-8986
Texas

Amarillo Area Bar Association

112 SW 8th Ave, Amarillo, TX, 79101

Phone: 806-371-7226
Fax: 336-454-5303

Denton County TX Bar Association

1450 E McKinney St, Denton, TX, 76209

Phone: 940-387-5891

Houston TX State Bar Association

4801 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX, 77056

Phone: 713-758-8200
Washington

Washington Korean American Bar Association

1201 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101

Phone: 206-264-6483
Wisconsin

Milwaukee Bar Association

424 E Wlss St, Milwaukee, WI, 53202

Phone: 414-274-6760
Fax: 414-274-6765
New Jersey

New Jersey State Bar Association

1 Constitution Sq, New Brunswick, NJ, 8901.0

Phone: 732-249-5000
Fax: 732-249-2815
New York

Monroe County NY Bar Association

1 W Main St, Rochester, NY, 14614

Phone: 585-546-1817
Fax: 585-546-1807

Onondaga County Bar Association

109 S Warren St, Syracuse, NY, 13202

Phone: 315-471-2667
North Carolina

Cabarrus County Bar Association

77 Union St S, Concord, NC, 28025

Phone: 704-782-5316

Greensboro Bar Association

122 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC, 27401

Phone: 336-378-0300
Fax: 863-858-3857

Raleigh North Carolina State Bar Association

208 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC, 27601

Phone: 919-828-4620
Illinois

Cook County Bar Association

120 W Madison St, Chicago, IL, 60602

Phone: 312-630-1157

St Clair County Bar Association

1931 W Main St, Belleville, IL, 62226

Phone: 618-277-8919
Iowa

Iowa State Bar Association

625 E Court Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50309

Phone: 515-243-3179
Kansas

University of Kansas Student Bar Association

1535 W 15th St, Lawrence, KS, 66045

Phone: 785-864-5584
Kentucky

Fleming County Bar Association

101 N Main Cross St, Flemingsburg, KY, 41041

Phone: 606-849-8850
Ohio

Medina County Bar Association

93 Public Sq, Medina, OH, 44256

Phone: 330-725-9794
Fax: 330-725-9173

Ohio State Bar Association

88 E Broad St, Columbus, OH, 43215

Phone: 614-221-6983

Portage County Bar Association

241 S Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH, 44266

Phone: 330-296-6357
Oklahoma

Oklahoma Bar Association

1901 N Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma, OK, 73105

Phone: 405-416-7000
Fax: 405-416-7001
District Of Columbia

American Bar Association

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036

Phone: 202-662-1000

Lgbt Bar Association

1301 K St NW, Washington, DC, 20071

Phone: 202-637-7661
Louisiana

Fifth Circuit Bar Association

600 Cp St, New Orleans, LA, 70130

Phone: 504-586-8185
Fax: 605-642-9361
Massachusetts

Greater Lowell Bar Association

287 Appleton St, Lowell, MA, 1852.0

Phone: 978-452-1116
Maine

Maine State Bar Association

124 State St, Augusta, ME, 2264

Phone: 207-622-7523
Fax: 207-623-0083
Maryland

Montgomery Bar Association

27 W Jefferson St, Rockville, MD, 20850

Phone: 301-279-9100
Fax: 305-817-1802
Minnesota

Minnesota Bar Association

600 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, 55402

Phone: 612-333-1183
Fax: 608-204-0557
Missouri

Metro St Louis Bar Association

211 N Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63102

Phone: 314-421-4134

Springfield Metro Bar Association

333 Park Central E, Springfield, MO, 65806

Phone: 417-831-2783
Nevada

Nevada State Bar Association

9456 Double R Boulevard, Reno, NV, 89521

Phone: 775-329-4100
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About Bar Associations

A bar association represents or seeks to represent the attorneys practicing law in a particular state. Their functions differ from state to state, but often include administration of the state bar examination, regulation of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and other requirements, and discipline of attorneys for ethical or other violations. State bars typically provide services for members such as maintaining a directory of attorneys in the state, facilitating social events for attorneys, publishing a bar journal and providing classes to fulfill these CLE credits requirements.
 
A mandatory or integrated bar association is one to which a state delegates the authority to regulate the admission of attorneys to practice in that state; typically these require membership in that bar association to practice in that state. Mandatory bars derive their power from legislative statute and/or from the power of the state court system to regulate practice before it
 
Most states require bar membership to practice law in the state. Although most states mandate bar membership, mandatory bars continue to be challenged in a number of states. Within the last decade, serious challenges have been mounted against mandatory bars in California, Florida, Washington, and Wisconsin—just to name a few. Although many in these states are trying to do away with their mandatory bar dues, other states, such as Hawaii, recently changed from a voluntary to a mandatory bar.

Although advocates and opponents of mandatory bars often cite to the different activities carried out by each, many voluntary bars do much the same work as their mandatory counterparts and vice versa. Some bars, both mandatory and voluntary, perform a wide range of pro bono and/or public service works, while others focus almost solely on attorney discipline and standards of practice. Each bar’s focus is more a function of the will of its membership than whether it is mandatory or voluntary. So, what is the difference? Money, dues and fees.

Mandatory bar membership advocates point to the positive benefits of membership for members, the profession, and the public. A mandatory bar can commit to more long-term programs and projects. Although a bar’s programs and focus change with its leadership, the stability afforded by mandatory membership and fees can be used to effectuate stronger pro bono and public interest programs that serve community needs more than the immediate needs of the bar’s attorney members.