Continuing education, breaking news, networking opportunities - these represent only a few of the perks trade associations can offer their members. This section lists some of the leading legal professional organizations according to their disciplines, among them the Commercial Law League of America, the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Legal Trade Associations
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
The largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan initiative of its kind, ABI dedicates its energies to research and public education on bankruptcy and related issues. Established in 1982, its membership roll lists more than 11,000 lawyers, bankers, judges, lenders, academicians and other professionals in the field.
American Bar Association
The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional organization worldwide. Consisting of 400,000 members, the ABA offers education, information and programs to attorneys, judges, the business community and the general public. One of its most critical functions is the accreditation of law schools.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Affiliated with the American Bar Association, AILA offers members legal and professional education and services through its 36 chapters and more than 50 national committees. The organization's membership boasts over 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law, representing thousands of families seeking permanent residence in the U.S. The AILA likewise aids foreign students, entertainers, athletes and individuals seeking asylum, as well as U.S. businesses that employ highly skilled foreign workers.
Commercial Law League of America
With a membership of more than 4,000 legal and financial professionals, the CLLA advocates in the both commercial law and bankruptcy disciplines, representing both creditor interests and businesses and individuals experiencing fiscal difficulties. The organization formed in 1895, making it one of the oldest and most respected of its genre.
American Intellectual Property Law
American Law Institute
American Association For Justice
Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
American Civil Liberties Union
American Association of Law Libraries
American Society For Pharmacy Law
American Society of International Law
American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)
Association of Attorney-mediators
Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Education Law Association
Environmental Law Institute
International Technology Law Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
National Association of Criminal Lawyers
National Association of Patent Practitioners
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Lawyers Guild