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Mission: promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law, improve public access to the judicial system, provide law-related services to the community, and serve our members.

Historical Overview

More than a century ago on January 13, 1900, Edward J. McDermott gathered a group of lawyers and elected James S. Pirtle as their chairman. A committee chaired by McDermott prepared the group's constitution and bylaws, and Pirtle was eventually elected to serve as the association's first president. There were 178 charter members.

Today the association remains strong and vibrant. With a membership of over 3,200, the LBA is among the 40 largest local bars in the country. Its programs and activities are supported by member dues, seminar fees, commissions on client referral and placement services, publications revenue, and grant funding.

Membership in the Louisville Bar Association is voluntary. Attorneys who are in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association or the bar of any other state or the District of Columbia are eligible for membership in the LBA.

The Louisville Bar Association is a leading provider of continuing legal education (CLE), presenting approximately 90 seminars annually. The success of the CLE program rests to a large extent on the support of the association’s 19 sections. In addition to their work hosting section meetings and planning public service programs, the leadership of these sections works closely with the CLE department to identify both topics and speakers for many of the programs hosted each year.

LBA publications include Bar Briefs, a monthly magazine, and the annual Pictorial Roster, a photo directory of members.

The association also plays an important public service role. One of the best-known public service activities is the annual evaluation of judges in Jefferson County.

The LBA also operates the Kentucky Lawyer Referral Service, which makes more than 20,000 referrals annually to individuals needing assistance with legal needs.

A board of directors, elected annually, governs the Louisville Bar Association. The association moved into its current headquarters at 600 West Main Street in 1998.

Facts about the LBA

has a membership of more than 3,200: 82% of Jefferson County attorneys and 28% of Kentucky attorneys are LBA members.
is the oldest continuously operating bar association in Kentucky.
operates the Kentucky Lawyer Referral Service (KLRS), a public service of the LBA for over 25 years. KLRS refers callers to member attorneys who are qualified to handle their specific legal questions. The service fields more than 20,000 calls annually.
provides a placement service to screen, test and refer applicants for positions as legal secretaries, paralegals, receptionists, word processors and other legal support staff.
provides opportunities for members to join any of the 20 sections, which offer professional development and interaction with colleagues who practice in the same field.
is a partner in the Louisville Pro Bono Consortium, helping to provide opportunities for attorneys to assist low-income individuals and non-profit organizations with needed legal services.
produces an annual pictorial roster, a photo directory of all members and an invaluable guide for local attorneys and their staff.
operates the Attorneys' Room in the Jefferson County Judicial Center.
publishes Bar Briefs, a monthly magazine that provides news and information to members about the legal profession, upcoming CLE programs, benefits, section meetings and other law-related activities.
provides staff support and office space for the Louisville Bar Foundation (LBF), the charitable giving arm of the LBA. The LBA conducts a silent auction annually as a fundraiser for the Louisville Bar Foundation.
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