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American Bar Association

The American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary not-for-profit association of legal professionals, with members from across the United States. Originally founded in August 1878 by fewer than 100 lawyers, predominately from the northeast of the United States, the ABA has grown to more than 325,000 members drawn from all states and territories. To put those numbers in a different perspective, there were just more than 64,000 legal practitioners throughout the United States in 1880, so early ABA membership (approximately 300 attorneys at that time) represented less than one half of 1% of the profession; while current membership has grown to more than 25% of the roughly 1.3 million lawyers in practice today. Other demographic criteria (gender, race/ethnicity, age, practice settings, etc.) likewise suggest that ...

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