The Kansas Bar Association or KBA was founded in 1882 and functions as a voluntary, not-for-profit bar association for Kansas lawyers. It has around 7000 current and active members. It is headquartered in Topeka and works closely with the state’s two laws schools, the University of Kansas Law School and Washburn University Law School. Its current president is Sarah Warner.
The KBA admits attorneys who are in good standing and have no violations on their records. Lawyers who maintain active memberships for 50 years become automatic life members. They no longer are expected to pay annual dues once they become lifetime members of the KBA.
While it does not regulate or govern the Kansas legal profession, the KBA does serve as an informative resource for both members and the public alike. Members have access to the KBA bookstore from which legal books and publications can be purchased. They also can use the CLE resources for taking continued legal education courses and exams in order to keep their licenses current.
To access the member benefits, attorneys must first create an account on the KBA website. They can then log into their account and access benefits for which they are eligible after they pay their dues.
The KBA also serves the public in the state of Kansas by acting as an attorney referral resource. People who are not sure where to find a lawyer who practices in a certain specialty can use the KBA website to locate lawyers in their part of the state or city. The referrals are provided at no cost to people who use the directory.
Further, people in Kansas who cannot afford legal services can get information about pro bono lawyers or the Kansas Legal Aid services available in Topeka as well as other cities like Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City. Qualifying for pro bono services either through a private practice attorney or the Kansas Legal Services requires people to meet stringent criteria. They can find out what those criteria are on the KBA website.
Finally, the public can research legal topics and case law using the education resource center on the KBA site. This resource center educates people on the laws in Kansas and what regulations might pertain to their cases.
The Kansas Bar Association is located at 1200 SW Harrison Street in Topeka, Kansas 66612. It can also be reached on social networking sites like Facebook.