With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association’s primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice.
Founded in 1874, The Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The Association’s voluntary membership of 22,000 consists largely of lawyers and judges from Cook County and the State of Illinois.
For over 100 years, the CCBA has aggressively supported the civil, political, and economic rights of the Black community and its members.Through organized activities and individual contributions from its members, the CCBA has held various legal clinics and community forums at various sites and supported by renowned civil rights organizations including Rainbow PUSH, local chapters of the NAACP, and other local groups and churches. The CCBA Foundation provides legal information, resources, and referrals through its monthly legal clinics.