Regional Minority Bar Associations
The Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students who are interested and involved in matters of concern to the bar and Asian Pacific American community in Washington. For more information, or to join ABAW, please contact:
The Seattle Cardozo Society is a society for Jewish attorneys. The Society sponsors programs that integrate legal and Jewish concerns to demonstrate the unique contributions the legal profession can make to improve the Jewish community. Programs sponsored by the society are open to all attorneys and their guest and to others who share common goals or interest. For more information, or to join The Cardozo Society, please contact [email protected] or:
Aric Bomsztyk, President
The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW) is a professional association of lawyers in the Filipino community dedicated to fostering the exchange of ideas and information among and between its members and other members of the legal profession, the judiciary and the community; promoting the professional growth of its members; assisting in efforts to diversify the legal profession; cooperating with other organizations of minority attorneys; celebrating Filipino culture; and providing a vehicle and forum for the expression of opinions and positions about current social, political, economic, legal or other matters or events that concern the members of the association. For more information, or to join FLOW, please contact [email protected] or:
The mission of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA) is to provide professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities to its members and serve the community as a resource by hosting professional, educational, and community events. KABA is committed to leadership, community, and service. For more information, or to join KABA, please contact:
Formerly the Hispanic Bar of Washington, the purpose of the Latina/Latino Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) is to represent the concerns and goals of Latina/o people of the State of Washington. Membership is available to attorneys, judicial officers, law faculty, legal staff, and students. For more information, or to join LBAW, please contact: [email protected]
The Loren Miller Bar Association is an affiliate member of the National Bar Association whose purpose is the advancement of the social and economic well-being of its largely African-American membership; improving relations between the legal profession and the community at large; promoting understanding, goodwill and cooperation among lawyers and the interests of the legal profession; aiding in reforms for the economic and social welfare of all people in a manner consistent with the principles of a free democratic society; and improving the educational, social and economic status of the African-American community to eliminate discrimination. For more information, or to join LMBA, please contact:
Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington
The Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW) is a non-profit legal organization for attorneys and law students of Middle Eastern descent, along with friends and supporters. MELAW seeks to advance the goals of its members, provide a legal voice for the Middle Eastern community in Washington, address and educate the public on legal and political issues facing Middle Easterners, and offer resources as well as networking and mentorship opportunities for its members and the public. For more information contact:
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
MAMA Seattle is an organization dedicated to empowering attorney mothers and facilitating their success in the legal profession. MAMA Seattle hosts monthly networking events and brown bag lunches and maintains an active listserv, which serves as a valuable resource to members. The brown bag lunches feature panel presentations of particular interest to mother attorneys, addressing topics such marketing, business development, as re-entry into the legal market, time management, and work life balance. MAMA Seattle's networking events, which members attend with their children, provide a venue for mother attorneys to network, socialize, and problem solve in a supportive and child-friendly environment. For more information, or to join MAMA Seattle, please contact:[email protected]
Northwest Indian Bar Association
The Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA) is an organization of Indian attorneys and judges in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, which aspires to improve the legal and political landscape for the Pacific Northwest Indian community. For more information, or to join NIBA, please contact:
Pierce County Minority Bar Association
The purpose of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association is to facilitate professional development and relationships among the various minority attorneys and legal professionals who reside or practice in Pierce County. It also seeks to foster diversity in the legal community and serve as a conscience of Pierce County minority communities on legal issues affecting them. For more information, or to join PCMBA, please contact:
QLaw – The LGBT Bar Association
The LGBT Bar Association of Washington, affectionately known as "QLaw," is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) legal professionals and their friends, serving as a voice for LGBT lawyers on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law. To join QLaw, please contact [email protected] (membership inquiries only). For more information, please contact:
Matt Etter, President
Josh Treybig, President-Elect
Dan Shih, Immediate Past President
Slavic Bar Association of Washington
The Slavic Bar Association of Washington (SBAW) is a professional association of legal practitioners and law students with ties to or interests in Slavic cultures and languages. SBAW is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes: to support members of the Bar and law students with Slavic ties; to educate others about Slavic ethnicity, culture, history, and people; to aid the Slavic community and those within it aspiring to enter the legal field. For more information, or to join SBAW, please contact:
Barry J. Wallis, President
South Asian Bar Association of Washington
The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) is an organization of South Asian legal professionals in the Northwest dedicated to providing access to legal resources and support for issues relevant to the South Asian community. SABAW is also committed to identifying and advancing the areas where economic, social and political interests intersect with South Asian legal issues. Finally, SABAW serves as a liaison between South Asian legal professionals and the legal community at large. For more information, or to join SABAW, please contact:
Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section
Like our state’s official MBAs, the Spokane Diversity Section is committed to promoting inclusiveness through focusing on recruitment and retention of attorneys of color and diverse ethnic background.
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington is a legal society which was formed in 2005 for Vietnamese American attorneys, law students and friends who share its common vision. VABAW strives for legal excellence by facilitating and cultivating both professional and personal relationships among its members, the community and the judiciary. VABAW's goal is to provide mutual support for attorneys in the advancement of their careers, be a trusted guide and resource for students who aspire towards the legal profession, serve as a voice for the local Vietnamese American community, and represent Vietnamese American attorneys within the State Bar. For more information, or to join VABAW, please contact:
Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association
The Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association is a minority bar association serving as the voice of attorneys and law students with disabilities in the state of Washington. WADA’s mission is to promote the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession; to eliminate the barriers to inclusion in the legal profession experienced by people with disabilities; and to promote the careers and professional development of WADA’s membership through mentorship, networking, alliances, and cultivation of a strong and vibrant community. Visit the WADA website or join us on the WADA list serve for more information about WADA activities. For more information, or to join WADA, please contact:
Washington State Veterans Bar Association
The Washington State Veterans Bar Association is a networking organization for attorneys and law students who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are a non-partisan and veteran-centric organization. We seek to provide a voice for the 650,000 veterans of Washington State and address legal, political, and social issues facing veterans. For more information, or to join WSVBA, please visit our website or contact:
Washington Women Lawyers
Washington Women Lawyers believes that privileges and abilities come with an ethical duty to lead and a responsibility to public service. In addition to furthering the advancement of women in our profession, Washington Women Lawyers works for access to justice, education of our youth, and protection of the fragile. WWL's twelve active chapters sponsor educational, social, and charitable events. WWL is a community of women who support one another with opportunities for practical mentoring, leadership, and connection. For more information, or to join WWL, please contact [email protected] (membership inquiries only).
National Minority Bar Associations
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, non-profit national association representing the interest of over 25,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a national network for its members and affiliates. NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the APA community and represents over 40,000 attorneys and 47 local APA bar associations, with practice settings ranging from solo practices to large firms, corporations, legal services organizations, non-profit organizations, law schools, and governmental agencies.
The National Bar Association (NBA) is the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Caribbean. It represents a professional network of over 20,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students.
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), founded in 1968, is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community.
The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations (NCWBA) is an organization of women's bar associations, for women's bar associations, representing approximately 35,000 women lawyers. It provides a national forum for exchanging ideas and information vital to organizational growth and success in today's profession.
The National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) is an IRS Code 501(c)(6) national professional association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) legal organizations. Established in 1988 and an affiliate of the American Bar Association since 1992, NLGLA is the national voice for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender, and intersex persons in the legal profession.
Founded in 1899, long before most local and national bar associations admitted women, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) serves as an educational forum and an active voice for the concerns of women in the legal profession. NAWL is about solutions, both for workplace issues facing women lawyers and for societal problems confronting women in our nation and worldwide. NAWL, through its members and committees, functions as the voice of women in the law™, providing a collective voice in the bar, courts, Congress, and workplaces to make women's concerns heard.
The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) serves as the national association for Native American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. Founded in 1973 as the American Indian Lawyers Association, NNABA works to promote issues important to the Native American community and works to improve professional opportunities for Native American lawyers. NNABA strives to be a leader on social, cultural, political and legal issues affecting American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. NNABA encourages all attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students who share an interest in our mission to join NNABA as a regular, associate, or special member.
Established in 1997, the North American South Asian Law Student Association (NASALSA) has been promoting education, leadership, and community service among South Asian law students, as well as expanding the general legal community's understanding and appreciation of South Asian political, legal, and social issues. As an umbrella organization, NASALSA supports groups aimed at South Asian law students across the United States and Canada in hopes of providing those interested in South Asia and the South Asian experience a space to gather together, create support networks, and form communities that will last a lifetime.
The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) provides a vital link between South Asian lawyers and the South Asian community across North America. As a bar association, NASABA affords North Amercian South Asian lawyers a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement. By promoting the South Asian bar and focusing on the legal needs of the South Asian community, NASABA is the fastest growing organization of South Asian lawyers in the world. We are convinced that a strong South Asian bar in North America is essential to protecting the rights and liberties of South Asians across this continent. As the South Asian business community in North America continues to prosper, NASABA provides them with a directory of qualified legal professionals that not only have the sophistication to provide creative business solutions, but also understand their motivations and goals.