Bar Associations

Bar Associations in North America

A&B Reporting has provided a list of different Bar Associations in North America. Please click on the links below for the listing.

American Bar Association
American Bar Association
The leading national bar association for United States attorneys, offering publications, CLE, and information on a very broad array of legal subjects. The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.

Canada Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association CBA
The CBA is the essential ally and advocate of all members of the legal profession; it is the voice for all members of the profession and its primary purpose is to serve its members; it is the premier provider of personal and professional development and support to all members of the legal profession; it promotes fair justice systems, facilitates effective law reform, promotes equality in the legal profession and is devoted to the elimination of discrimination; the CBA is a leading edge organization committed to enhancing the professional and commercial interests of a diverse membership and to protecting the independence of the judiciary and the Bar.

Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia branch offers a variety of professional development opportunities. Through our sections, we provide our members with an opportunity to meet and exchange thoughts with colleagues while offering the profession a means of keeping informed on the very latest developments in the law. In addition to section activity, the Nova Scotia branch holds a number of one-day seminars each year and an annual professional development conference.

Law Society of Alberta
To serve the public interest by promoting a high standard of legal services and professional conduct through the governance and regulation of an independent legal profession.

Law Society of British Columbia
The Law Society of British Columbia is the regulatory body for the BC legal profession. The primary responsibility of the Law Society under the Provincial Legal Profession Act is to protect the public interest in the administration of justice. The Law Society of BC works to ensure that the public is well served by a legal profession that is honorable, competent and independent. The Law Society sets and enforces standards of professional conduct for lawyers in BC. The Society also brings a voice to issues affecting the Justice System and the delivery of legal services.

Law Society of Manitoba
The educational activities of the Law Society of Manitoba are overseen by the Admissions and Education Committee. The primary responsibilities of this committee are continuing legal education programs and the admission of persons to the bar, which includes the CPLED program, applicants from other Canadian jurisdictions (transfer applications), and members applying for permission to resume active practice.

Law Society of New Brunswick
The Law Society Act (1996) sets out clearly the objects and duties of the Society.

Law Society Of Newfoundland & Labrador
The Law Society is the regulatory body for the legal profession in the province and is governed by the Benchers. The President acts as Chair of Benchers meetings, or Convocations, this word used because of Benchers authority to grant degrees in law.

Law Society of Nunavut
Established in 1999, the Law Society of Nunavut is a self-governing society, which derives its authority from the legal profession act of Nunavut. The Law Society is responsible for governing the legal profession in the public interest according to Nunavut law and the law society's rules, regulations, guidelines and the Canadian bar association's code of professional conduct. It is our responsibility to ensure that the people of Nunavut are served by lawyers who meet high standards of competence, learning and professional conduct; and, to uphold the independence, integrity and honor of the legal profession. We believe that the public is well served by a legal profession that is independent, responsible, and responsive to the needs of the public it serves.

Law Society of Prince Edward Island
The Society’s main task is to regulate the practice of law within the province. The Law Society is governed by legislation passed by the PEI legislature in 1992 called the Legal Profession Act. The Act outlines the Society’s objectives as: to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of Justice to establish standards for the education, professional responsibility, and competence of members and applicants for membership to ensure the independence, integrity and honor of the Society and its members to regulate the practice of law to uphold and protect the interests of members.

Law Society of Saskatchewan
To govern the legal profession by upholding high standards of competence and integrity; ensuring the independence of the profession; advancing the administration of justice, the profession and the rule of law; all in the public interest.

Law Society of the Northwest Territories
Established in 1978, the Law Society of the Northwest Territories is a self-governing Society which derives its authority from the Legal Profession Act of the Northwest Territories. The Law Society is responsible for governing the legal profession in the public interest according to Northwest Territories law and the Law Society’s rules, regulations, guidelines and Code of Professional Conduct. It is our responsibility to ensure that the people of the Northwest Territories are served by lawyers who meet high standards of competence, learning and professional conduct; and, to uphold the independence, integrity and honour of the legal profession. We believe that the Public is well served by a legal profession that is independent, responsible, and responsive to the needs of the public its serves.

Law Society of Upper Canada
The objects of the foundation (generally stated) are: to receive donations and to maintain funds to foster, encourage and promote legal education in Ontario; to receive donations and to maintain and use funds to provide financial assistance to law students in Ontario, including students in the Society's bar admission course; to receive donations and to maintain and use funds for the restoration and preservation of lands and buildings of historic significance to Canada’s legal heritage; to receive gifts of muniments and legal memorabilia of interest and significance to Canada’s legal heritage and to maintain a museum displaying such items; to receive and maintain a collection of gifts of books and other written material for use by educational institutions in Canada; and, to receive donations and use the funds for the administration of the lawyers feed the hungry program.

Ontario Bar Association
The Ontario Bar Association is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association, an organization of lawyers formed to provide support by the profession to the profession so that it may render better service to its members and the public. This is accomplished by both education and representation to government on topics of current concern.

Mexican Bar Association
Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados
La Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados se fundó en 1922 con el nombre de La Barra Mexicana de Abogados. Las bases que debían regirla se firmaron el 12 de octubre de ese año, en el marco de la clausura del Segundo Congreso Jurídico Nacional. Días después, el 29 de diciembre, la Asociación quedó formalmente constituida al firmar la escritura notables abogados de la época.2. Addrress: Varsovia No. 1, Col. Juárez, CP. 06600, México D.F. Tel. 5208-3115, 5208-3115, 5208-1355

U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
The USMBA is a unique, bi-national Bar Association made up of attorneys from both Mexico and the United States.