History of the MBA

The Memphis Bar Association was established in 1874, four years before the founding of the American Bar Association.

The MBA is a professional organization for attorneys in Memphis and the surrounding Midsouth area. We seek to provide a place for lawyers to grow, connect and serve. We have networking and leadership opportunities for members and offer accredited online and in-person CLE events, for all lawyers.

We also promote the values of the profession and work with local organizations and media. Each year we participate in pro bono activities like the Saturday Legal Clinic and offer special events throughout the year to celebrate the hard work and dedication of lawyers. 


The Memphis Bar Foundation

Established in 1982, the Memphis Bar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Bar Association.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization separate from the Memphis Bar Association, although it is housed at and receives staff support from the MBA. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who serve a two-year term.

The mission of the Memphis Bar Foundation is to:

  • Promote philanthropy among members of the Bar;

  • Advocate and support public awareness of the legal system;

  • Promote social justice and legal education; and

  • Encourage and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar

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