645 Griswold, Suite 1356

Detroit, MI 48226


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Raising the Bar through Networking, Practice Development and Community Service

True to its roots as the oldest bar association in Michigan and one of the three oldest in the country, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association serves Detroit's legal community through networking, practice development and community service.1  Members of all ages and experiences continue Detroit's tradition of the ethical, successful practice of law and fair administration of justice.  


If you would like to be a proud part of the legal profession in Detroit, please explore this website and our Facebook page and attend one of our events.  Watch for activities like our Detroit Bar Reviews, Judges Night, Jingle Mingle, Pins 'n' Pinstripes, School Partnership Program, Gleaners Food Bank Outing, Celebrating Our Diverse Bar, Barristers Spring Bash, Pro Bono Expungement Program, Raising the Bar, Summer Breeze and Inn of Court.

Get to know our judges and lawyers as we raise the Bar together.  You will experience one of the oldest bar associations in the country in a city rich with history and getting hipper every day.  

As former president George Roumell declared upon receiving the inaugural Frank Murphy Award at the 175th annual meeting, Raising the Bar, "When God asks at the pearly gates what I have to say for myself, I will proudly tell him I was a Detroit lawyer!"   

We welcome you to join us in Detroit! 

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The Detroit Bar was organized in 1836 when Andrew Jackson was President and before Michigan was a state.  It was formally incorporated in 1881.  A group of prominent Detroit attorneys established the Bar to "promote the due administration of justice, maintain the dignity of the profession and cultivate social intercourse among its members."  It was orginally referred to as the Bar of the City of Detroit before changing its name to the Detroit Bar Association in 1881 and then to the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association in 1996.  The Bar's commitment to its members, relationships with the judiciary and dedication to community service have remained constants.  Thanks to the law library at the University of Stanford, a copy of the original 1881 Articles of Association with amended Bylaws and List of Members as of 1906 can be found here