National Bar Association

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National Bar Association
National Bar Association logo.png
Type Legal society
Headquarters Washington, DC
  • United States
20,000 in 2012[1]

The National Bar Association (NBA) is the oldest and largest national association of African-American attorneys and judges in the United States. The current President is Benjamin Crump.

Structure and activities[edit]

NBA is governed by a Board of Governors, mostly elected from the membership but also including NBA's officers and representatives of groups such as the NBA's Divisions.[2] The National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, chaired by Leigh Chapman, represents the new members of the legal profession, and membership is open to NBA members who are admitted to practice for less than 10 years or under 40 years old. The association has several affiliate chapters located throughout the United States. Some affiliate chapters of the association are The Cook County Bar Association, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the California Association of Black Lawyers, the Washington Bar Association, the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association [1], the Garden State Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

The National Bar Institute (NBI) is the philanthropic arm of the NBA, founded in 1982. The association has established an annual award in honor of the late Louisiana State Representative Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling -- the "Pinkie C. Wilkerson Outstanding State Legislator of the Year Award".[3] The NBA offers a job listing service as well as advertising in its magazine to assist employers seeking to conduct affirmative action outreach toward minority job applicants.[4]


NBA was established in 1925 as the "Negro Bar Association" after Gertrude Rush, George H. Woodson, S. Joe Brown, James B. Morris, and Charles P. Howard, Sr. were denied membership in the American Bar Association. Its first president was George H. Woodson of Des Moines, Iowa. Arnette Hubbard became its first female president in 1981.[5][6] In 1940, the NBA attempted to establish "free legal clinics in all cities with a colored population of 5,000 or more."[1] In 2010, the NBA partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to work toward a complete and accurate count of the nation's population through various outreach activities.[7]


  1. ^ a b Our History, National Bar Association, retrieved 2012-08-24 
  2. ^ Governance, National Bar Association, retrieved 2012-08-24 
  3. ^ "”State Rep. Wilkerson Killed in Auto Accident’, August 1, 2000". Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "National Bar Association Careers". Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  5. ^ "First woman president of National Bar Association installed | African American Registry". 1981-07-31. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  6. ^ Fred D. Gray (2002). Bus Ride to Justice: Changing the System by the System : the Life and Works of Fred D. Gray, Preacher, Attorney, Politician. NewSouth Books. pp. 308–. ISBN 978-1-58838-113-2. 
  7. ^ "The National Bar Association (NBA) is Partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-06. 

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