The Boston Bar Association is the Commonwealth’s premier legal institution, bringing together the brightest and most influential people to lead at the forefront of the profession.

Our mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, foster a diverse and inclusive professional community, and serve the community at large.

Headquartered at 16 Beacon Street in the historic Chester Harding House, the BBA has more than 15,000 members drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools

Today, the Boston Bar Association is governed by a Council of 34 members and has 24 sections and more than 100 committees dedicated to substantive areas of law as well as issues such as delivery of legal services and diversity and inclusion. Meet our Officers & Council or learn more about our Section & Committee Chairs.

Our Values: Excellence, Justice, Service, Diversity

Our core values are as critical to The Boston Bar Association’s success as our mission. These distinguishing attributes characterize how we work, communicate and conduct ourselves in service to our members and the public.

We Believe:

  • That education and leadership development is a career-long pursuit. The BBA is a professional home, providing the tools needed to succeed at each step as a lawyer. We host more than 400 programs in all areas of substantive legal practice, planned by volunteer leaders of our more than 20 Sections and featuring experts in all areas of law.
  • In the power of inclusion. The BBA is a non-confrontational and solutions-oriented convener, welcoming all stakeholders to discussion and debate. We bring people together to exchange ideas, build relationships and expand professional networks through active, in-person engagement.
  • That no one in need of legal aid should be turned away based on ability to pay. The BBA strives to facilitate connections between lawyers and the people who need them. Our Lawyer Referral Service puts people in touch with qualified attorneys, and we provide pro bono trainings in a variety of areas, giving lawyers the knowledge and tools they need to represent people who require specialized legal services.
  • In empowering legal service organizations locally. Each year, the Boston Bar Foundation provides grants to Boston-area legal services groups who are dedicated to expanding access to justice and improving our community.
  • That justice is best advanced when the legal community more accurately reflects the community it serves. The BBA works in partnership with seven affinity bar associations to welcome diverse law students and new lawyers into the profession and connect them with opportunities for growth and leadership.