American Bar Association

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The American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary membership association of attorneys. The ABA was founded August 21, 1878, by a group of 100 lawyers, judges, and law teachers out of a concern for the existing state of the profession. The populist movement of the time displayed a significant distrust toward groups such as lawyers, because they were perceived to wield class power and enjoy special privileges. The ABA's recommended role is to be "the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, and respect for the law." The ABA House of Delegates is the policy-making organ of the ABA. ABA activities include providing continuing legal education for attorneys, disseminating information about law and the legal system, and sponsoring initiatives to improve the legal system. A number of states condition admission to the bar on graduation from an ABA-accredited law school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America
Subtitle of host publicationVolumes One-Three
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781317457138
ISBN (Print)0765680637, 9780765680631
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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