American Bar Association

The American Bar Association (ABA), founded August 21, 1878,[2] is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, which is not specific to any jurisdiction in the United States. The ABA's most important stated activities are the setting of academic standards for law schools, and the formulation of model ethical codes related to the legal profession. As of fiscal year 2017, the ABA had 194,000 dues-paying members, constituting approximately 14.4% of U.S. attorneys.[3] In 1979, half of all lawyers in the U.S. were members of the ABA.[4] The organization's national headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois; it also maintains a significant branch office in Washington, D.C.

American Bar Association
Logo of the American Bar Association
FormationAugust 21, 1878
TypeLegal society
Headquarters321 North Clark,
Chicago, Illinois
  • United States
Reginald M. Turner (since August 10, 2021)[1]
Key people
Jack L. Rives, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer