Raising the Bar through Networking, Practice Development and Community Service since 1836.

The Detroit Bar Association connects and collaboratively leads the lawyers of today and tomorrow to be ready to address the most pressing concerns of the legal community and optimize conditions to achieve access to justice.

The mission of the Detroit Bar Association is to create and serve a legal community that
• Promotes professionalism and integrity of the legal profession
• Supports access to justice
• Fosters relationships and equity of opportunity for all lawyers

Core Values
Stewardship,  Service,  Integrity,  Honor, Inclusive Community

True to its roots as the oldest bar association in Michigan and one of the three oldest in the country, the Detroit Bar Association was founded in 1836 andserves Detroit’s legal community through networking, practice development and community service.  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 Jingle Mingle, Pins ‘n’ Pinstripes, School Partnership Program, Celebrating Our Diverse Bar, Raising the Bar Annual Dinner, Summer Breeze,  Inn of Court, and Archer Awards.

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!

Board of Directors

Past Presidents