The Alabama State Bar was founded on February 12, 1879 with W.L. Bragg serving as its first president. The first meeting was held on December 4, 1879. The state bar in Alabama was approved by the governor and created by an act of the state’s legislature.
Since its inception in 1879, the Alabama State Bar has served as a statewide resource for both lawyers and the public alike. It is a mandatory or integrated bar, meaning that every lawyer who practices in the state must be admitted to and become a member of the state bar. It also admits out-of-state lawyers who would like the privilege to practice law in Alabama when necessary.
The Alabama State bar currently has a total of 18,449 members. There are 14,850 in-state members and 3599 out-of-state members. Sixty seven percent of the members are male while 33 percent are female.
The Alabama State Bar meets on an annual basis typically during the third or fourth week of July. The 2018 meeting was held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. The 2019 is scheduled to be held at the Marriott Grand Hotel and Spa in Point Clear.
The primary purpose of the Alabama State Bar is to regulate the legal industry in the state and the conduct of is members. It holds its members to a stringent code of ethics and promotes both the professional competence and responsibilities of its members.
It also functions to promote the law industry in Alabama and serve as a point of reference for the public. The Alabama State Bar provides referrals for people looking for lawyers to represent them. People can visit the state bar’s website and use the member directory at no charge to locate in-state attorneys.
Another role that the state bar plays involves educating the public about the legal industry. It provides resources on its website about why lawyers are important in society and why myths surrounding lawyers and the legal profession are false and unwarranted. The resources on the website are free for the public to access and browse anytime.
Along with its website, the Alabama State Bar makes itself available to the public on social media including Facebook and Twitter. The physical address for the state bar is 415 Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama 36104. The mailing address for the state bar is PO Box 671, Montgomery, Alabama 36101.