A professional organization of lawyers.
State bar associations, which are usually created by state statute, often require membership for anyone desiring to practice law in that state. Such organizations have the authority to regulate the legal profession by disciplining lawyers or formally bringing lawsuits against them.
Local bar associations, which have voluntary membership, are organized at the county or city level.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
An organization of lawyers. Membership in a state bar association (also called an "integrated" or "unified" bar association) is often mandatory before a lawyer can practice in that state. There are also many voluntary bar associations organized by city, county, or other community.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
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