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The directory contains listings of national, state, local, international, and multicultural organizations for women attorneys. The directory also includes information on gender bias task forces and committees, where available.

The Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and the Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers are invitational societies of family formation law attorneys whose membership is limited to those licensed California attorneys with extensive adoption and assisted reproduction expertise whose practices are of the highest standards of ethics and professional competence.

The American Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys was founded in 2003 to honor successful criminal defense trial attorneys throughout the United States, without regard to the nature of their clients, and without regard to their office setting. The American Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys is intended to fill the large gaps left by various other honorary organizations, which either exclude criminal defense attorneys entirely, severely limit the number of criminal defense attorneys admitted to fellowship, or limit fellowship to private attorneys. The current function of this organization is purely honorary. However, as its membership expands, it may undertake both educational and social activities.

The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys is an exclusive, membership organization that serves the needs of estate planning attorneys and law firms nationwide. Since 1993, the Academy has been dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing Member attorneys with comprehensive document creation software, up-to-date research on estate and tax planning matters and exceptional educational training materials. The Academy’s wide-variety of business building and practice management systems help attorneys create and grow successful law practices. These extraordinary programs enable Academy Members to effectively help families and businesses address all of their estate planning and elder care needs. Academy attorneys are held to a high educational standard. The Academy expects each attorney to complete at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. This ensures that Academy attorneys are highly educated and up-to-date in these complicated areas of law. No other legal membership organization sets such rigorous standards for its members. The Academy’s exclusive organizational structure allows only a limited number of attorneys into its membership. This unique structure, coupled with high educational standards, allow Academy attorneys to be the premier estate planning and elder law firms in their communities.

The Mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system – and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

Advance the professional practices and interests of our members; Educate the public as to the unique qualifications of our members; Safeguard the rights of individuals who have qualified as both attorneys and certified public accountants to practice either or both professions; Guide members in understanding and observing the highest professional and ethical standards and; Provide legislative and regulatory influence on issues important to our members.

The largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA 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.

The purpose of the College is to gather together lawyers distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law, who will contribute substantially to the accomplishments, achievements and good fellowship of the College and to the best interests of the bar and the general public through the fulfillment of objectives of the College.

Leading health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue, the American Health Lawyers Association (Health Lawyers) is the nation's largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. families who have applied for permanent residence for their spouses, children, and other close relatives to lawfully enter and reside in the United States.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, with more than 16,000 members. The AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

The Appellate Lawyers Association is an organization of Illinois attorneys who regularly practice in the state and federal reviewing courts. One-third of the Association's approximately 400 active members are from outside of the Chicago area. The group's honorary members include judges from all the reviewing courts sitting in the state

AAM is a nonprofit trade association of qualified, independent attorney-mediators. Members of AAM must meet qualifications and ethical standards which meet or exceed state or Federal requirements for mediators. AAM's 300 plus members have collectively mediated in excess of 130,000 cases.

The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers is a company limited by guarantee set up for the benefit of lawyers, experts and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and adults abused in childhood, as well as the mentally handicapped and others directly or indirectly affected by that abuse. The Association began in late 1997 as a result of concerns within the legal profession that people who have been abused were either unable to find lawyers to take on their cases or were experiencing poor standards of advice and assistance from those lawyers whom they had instructed. There are also concerns about the ability of lawyers and other experts to deal effectively with these traumatic cases.

The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) was established on Monday 8th September, 1997 for lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work.

Internet-based association for criminal defense attorneys, law professors, paralegals, investigators, and all other professionals associated with the field of federal criminal defense litigation. AFDA has been approved as an MCLE provider by the State of California since 1997.

Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALiF) is the nation's oldest and largest bar association of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgendered Persons in the Field of Law. Founded in 1980, BALiF represents its members interests in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Commercial Law League of America ("CLLA") is a respected organization of attorneys and other experts in credit and finance actively engaged in the field of commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency. Since 1895, The CLLA has been associated with the representation of creditor interests, while at the same time seeking fair, equitable and efficient administration of bankruptcy cases for all parties in interest

The Defender Association is a non-profit law firm providing public defender services to King County and the City of Seattle in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, family advocacy, and civil commitment cases, as well as a number of appeals at all levels of the state courts.

The Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association is comprised of experienced attorneys dedicated to assisting individuals and businesses in connection with real estate transactions of all types.

The International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) is a non-profit, professional organization that has been an advocate and resource for local government attorneys since 1935. Owned solely by its members, IMLA is the legal voice for the nation's local governments. It champions the development of fair and realistic legal solutions and provides its members with information about, and solutions to, the profusion of legal issues facing its membership today.

The Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is limited to approximately fifty Minnesota defense attorneys. A Minnesota association of criminal defense lawyers, MSCJ is operated as a College of criminal defense attorneys. Membership is by invitation, by vote of the existing membership when vacancies come up.

Established in 1972, Minnesota Women Lawyers mission is to secure the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society.

Preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's more than 12,800 direct members -- and 92 state, local, and international affiliate organizations with another 35,000 members -- include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal justice system.

Emphasizes continuing legal education and practice development. Founding members of the organization have published more than 25 books on estate planning. The alliance offers members a wide range of seminars and workshops, including a two-year Practicum Transformation Experience. Members also have access to practice tools and information on new technologies.

The New York County Lawyers' Association turned 99 years old this year. At the time of its founding, the only existing bar association in Manhattan precluded some lawyers from membership by virtue of ethnicity, religion, sex and race. Although other factors contributed to the atmosphere that produced the new association, none was as strong as "selective membership." Not only were large groups of lawyers denied affiliation with a bar association, but independent perspectives on the judicial system were also curtailed by the reluctance of a few large law firms to facilitate change. Throughout its history, NYCLA's bedrock principles have been the inclusion of all who wish to join and the active pursuit of legal system reform.

The Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association was founded in 1970 by a small group of trial lawyers. They would meet monthly for a legal education program and network with other trial lawyers working on behalf of Rhode Island consumers. RITLA was registered as a non-business corporation in 1981.

The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association was founded over 40 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers. As stated in the group's first newsletter, "...this organization should and would be concerned about protecting the rights of the claimants and the public..." Over the years the SCTLA has grown into a statewide organization with over 1300 members but the organization still holds the values of the original founders. In fact, the motto of the SCTLA is “Keeping South Carolina Families Safe.”

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is a thirty year-old, state-wide organization established to protect and ensure individual rights guaranteed by the Texas and Federal Constitutions. Each of the 2500 plus attorneys who is a member of the Association is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and is actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases. The Association supports itself through membership dues and revenue from publication sales and seminar attendance.

The Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) is a non-profit, international, professional organization whose common goal is the understanding, advancement and ethical practice of sports law. There are over 1,000 current members: practicing lawyers, law educators, law students, and other professionals with an interest in law relating to professional and amateur sports.

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