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Hampton Bar Association

34 W Queens Way, Hampton, VA, 23669

Phone: 757-722-2131

Prince William County Bar Association

9311 Lee Ave, Manassas, VA, 20110

Phone: 703-792-6420
Fax: 972-554-1534

Richmond Bar Association

707 E Main St, Richmond, VA, 23219

Phone: 804-780-0700

Baltimore Bar Association

111 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD, 21202

Phone: 410-539-3112

Frederick Bar Association

22 S Market St, Frederick, MD, 21701

Phone: 301-663-1139
Fax: 845-354-6682

Howard County Bar Association

8360 Court Ave, Ellicott City, MD, 21043

Phone: 410-313-2030

Maryland State Bar Association

196 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD, 21401

Phone: 410-626-1584

Montgomery Bar Association

27 W Jefferson St, Rockville, MD, 20850

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

Prince Bar Association

14330 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

Phone: 301-952-1442
Fax: 301-952-1429
District Of Columbia

American Bar Association

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036

Phone: 202-662-1000

Customs & International Trade Bar Association

204 E St NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Phone: 202-675-8447
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DC Hispanic Bar Association

580 23rd Pl NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Phone: 202-388-4990

District Columbia Bar Association

1016 16th St NW, Washington, DC, 20036

Phone: 202-223-6600
Fax: 202-293-3388

Federal Communications Bar Association

1020 19th St NW, Washington, DC, 20036

Phone: 202-293-4000
Fax: 202-293-4317

Lgbt Bar Association

1301 K St NW, Washington, DC, 20071

Phone: 202-637-7661

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K St NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Phone: 202-775-9555
Fax: 202-775-9333

National Bar Association

1225 11th St NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Phone: 202-842-3900

Washington DC American Bar Association

740 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20005

Phone: 202-662-1950

Washington Womens Bar Association

2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Phone: 202-639-8880

Allegheny County Bar Association

414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Phone: 412-402-6714

Cambria County Bar Association

420 Goucher St, Johnstown, PA, 15905

Phone: 814-255-3221
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Carbon County Bar Association

811 Blakeslee Boulevard Dr E, Lehighton, PA, 18235

Phone: 610-379-4950

Dauphin County Bar Association

15 Hummel Ave, Camp Hill, PA, 17011

Phone: 717-232-7536

Fayette County PA Bar Association

92 E Main St, Uniontown, PA, 15401

Phone: 724-437-7994
Fax: 352-669-5333

Lehigh County Bar Association

1114 Walnut St, Allentown, PA, 18102

Phone: 610-433-6204
Fax: 212-875-4757

Monroe County PA Bar Association

913 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA, 18360

Phone: 570-424-7288
Fax: 570-424-8234

Western Pennsylvania Womens Bar Association

2034 Swallow Hl Rd, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220

Phone: 412-429-1922

York County Bar Association

137 E Market St, York, PA, 17401

Phone: 717-854-8755
Fax: 360-458-4348

Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association

1101 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Phone: 215-922-2373
New Jersey

Burlgtn County Bar Association

117 High St, Mount Holly, NJ, 8060.0

Phone: 609-261-4542

Camden County Bar Association

800 Cooper St, Camden, NJ, 8102.0

Phone: 856-964-3420
Fax: 940-636-2280
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Essex County NJ Bar Association

470 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Newark, NJ, 3650

Phone: 973-622-6207
Fax: 212-696-9305

New Jersey State Bar Association

1 Constitution Sq, New Brunswick, NJ, 8901.0

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

Union County Bar Association

2 Broad St, Elizabeth, NJ, 3713

Phone: 908-354-5984
North Carolina

Greensboro Bar Association

122 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC, 27401

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

NC State Bar Association

5 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC, 27601

Phone: 919-828-4260

North Carolina Bar Association

8000 Won Pkwy, Cary, NC, 27513

Phone: 919-677-0561
Fax: 919-677-0761

North Carolina State Bar Association

217 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC, 27601

Phone: 919-828-4620
Fax: 919-821-9168

Raleigh North Carolina State Bar Association

208 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC, 27601

Phone: 919-828-4620
New York

Tompkins County Bar Association

3109 N Triphammer Rd, Lansing, NY, 14882

Phone: 607-533-8222
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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.