Getting to Know the ISBA A Look at the Illinois State Bar Association

 The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) has been the premier legal association  in the state since being founded in 1877. As a voluntary organization, the ISBA’s primary focus is to help Illinois attorneys practice more effectively and  efficiently.  

 “We engage in many important activities on behalf of the profession,” says ISBA Associate Executive Director David N. Anderson. “Among them, proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and  supporting the courts and the rule of law.”  

 Looking Back

 It all began when 88 lawyers from 37 counties congregated in the Sangamon County  Courthouse in Springfield on January 4, 1877, and agreed to form the Illinois  State Bar Association.  

 When it was created the founders adopted as Article II of its constitution the  following goals: “To cultivate the science of jurisprudence, to promote reform in the law, to  facilitate the administration of justice, to elevate the standard of integrity,  honor and courtesy in the legal profession, to encourage a thorough and liberal  education, and to cherish a spirit of brotherhood among the members thereof.”  

 In 1897, the ISBA was influential in consolidating the three grand divisions of  Illinois’ Supreme Court into a single court, and later in locating the court in  Springfield, where the current building was completed in 1908.  


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