The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.  


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Gertrude Rush became a legal pioneer after becoming the first Black woman to practice law in Iowa, and the first Black woman to lead a national co-ed bar association. Rush was born August 5, 1880 in Navasota, Texas. Born Gertrude Elzora Durden, the future trailblazer moved with her family to the North as part of the exodus of Black families migrating to the Midwest, first settling in Kansas before ending their journey in Illinois. Rush married attorney James Rush in 1907, studying law while working at his practice in Des Moines, Ia. She graduated from Des Moines College in 1914, taking classes concurrently from LaSalle University of Chicago via correspondence to earn a law degree. After her husband died, Rush passed the bar in Iowa in 1918, marking her first historic feat. In 1921, Rush was elected to lead the Colored Bar Association, another of her firsts as the organization served both Black men and women in the legal profession. In 1925, Rush became a founding member of the Negro Bar Association, now known today as the National Bar Association, the leading organization serving Black lawyers to this day. Along with law, Rush was also active in the fight for civil rights and the suffrage movement. Rush passed in 1962. For 40 years, the National Bar Association (NBA) has celebrated the work and legacy of Gertrude E. Rush during it's Mid-Year Conference with an Awards Gala. This year it is being held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 19-21, 2020. You can register at to attend and/or purchase tickets.


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Join us for the 40th Annual Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner. This annual event brings together hundreds of accomplished attorneys in a commemorative celebration of the achievements and steadfast commitment of two of our most dedicated civil rights leaders, Gertrude E. Rush and Heman Sweatt.

When: March 19–21, 2020
Where: Atlanta, GA
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The National Bar Association’s Corporate Law Section will host an exciting Gateway to Success Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Gateway To Success' mission is to increase the number of African American General Counsel and Board of Directors in Corporate America. The Conference will provide continuing legal education, networking, coaching, and development for Corporate Attorneys.  It will be the meeting place to plan the future of black attorneys across the country ensuring a voice and... Details
When: March 20, 2020
Where: Atlanta, GA
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The National Bar Association (NBA) Annual Convention & Exhibits is the largest gathering of African-American lawyers, judges and law students in the United States. It is the preeminent showcase to establish professional relationships, as well as to discuss trending legal, social justice and economic issues. In addition, the Convention offers professional development through a robust NBA sponsored Continuing Legal Education Program... Details
When: July 24–29, 2020
Where: Washington, DC


To section and division chairs, please review the published contact information about your section and division on the NBA WEBSITE. If the information is incorrect please email to request a change.

NBA Sections and Regions are constitutionally required to conduct CLE Seminars (which can include Webinars) each bar year. Hosts must submit a proposal for each seminar or webinar they wish to host by contacting

SECTIONS: Chapter VII, Section 4 of the NBA Bylaws states, “Each section shall conduct a minimum of two substantive seminars during the Association year”. 
REGIONS: Chapter VI, Section 54 of the NBA Bylaws state, “each Region shall conduct at least one continuing legal education program within the Region during the Association year.”
Other NBA Entities Which May Recommend CLE Topics:
(1) the ad hoc committee
(2) the amicus brief ad hoc committee
(3) NBA members

DIVISIONS: NBA Divisions are not required to host seminars but are encouraged to do so.