The Arkansas State Bar, headquartered in Little Rock, was founded in 1898 with Uriah Milton Rose serving as its first president. Rose continues to be remembered for his association with the Rose Law Firm, which is the oldest in the state. The Arkansas State Bar is voluntary and does not require practicing lawyers in the state to join. However, it offers numerous benefits to attorneys who decide to join and maintain active memberships.
The primary function of the Arkansas State Bar is to promote the interests of the state’s legal profession and its members. It accomplishes this in part by publishing a quarterly magazine, the Arkansas Lawyer. It also publishes e-bulletins on a weekly basis that it makes available on its website.
Because it does not require membership, the state bar has no role in enforcing the conduct and professional standards of the state’s lawyers. It also does not require members to take part in CLE or Continued Legal Education. These obligations fall to the Arkansas Board of Law Examiners.
Still, attorneys who decide to join the state bar receive benefits like the ability to network with other lawyers in the state. They also can expand their knowledge of the profession by using the legal resources on the website. These benefits can help lawyers at all stages of their careers grow their practices.
Further, they have the benefit of being listed in the bar’s member directory, which is accessible by the public at no cost. People who are in need of an attorney can use the online directory to locate one who practices in various legal specialties. Attorneys who are not members are not listed in the directory and thus could miss out on potential clients and business as a result.
The Arkansas State Bar also regularly hosts events like webinars and seminars that members can attend for little to no cost. These events educate lawyers on how to maximize their client lists or handle crisis communications, among other topics. Most of the state bar events are held in Little Rock. However, a select few are offered online via the state bar’s website.
The Arkansas State Bar can be contacted at 2224 Cottondale Lane in Little Rock, Arkansas. Members of the state bar are also invited to download and use its free mobile app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices.