Alliance for Justice (AFJ) - National association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations.
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA) - Membership organization that serves the needs of estate planning attorneys and law firms nationwide. Dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its attorneys with comprehensive document creation software, up-to-date research on estate and tax planning matters and exceptional educational training materials.
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) - Forensic psychiatry is a medical subspecialty that includes research and clinical practice in the many areas in which psychiatry is applied to legal issues. While some forensic psychiatrists may specialize exclusively in legal issues, almost all psychiatrists may, at some point, have to work within one of the many areas in which the mental health and legal system overlap. AAPL welcomes both the forensic specialist and the general psychiatrist who seeks information and professional support in those domains in which psychiatry an the law share a common boundary.
American Association for Justice (AAJ) - World's largest trial bar promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims' rights, and strengthens the civil justice system through education and distribution of information.
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) - Represents law librarians and related professionals affiliated with law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, courts, and local, state and federal government agencies.
American Bar Association (ABA) - The largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
American Bar Foundation (ABF) - National research institute with interdisciplinary staff trained in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology conducts sociolegal research.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - The nation's foremost advocate of individual rights, litigating, legislating, and educating the public on issues affecting individual freedom in the U.S. Also see:
American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) - Widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession.
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) - Represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.
American Law Institute, The (ALI) - Promotes the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.
American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) - A coalition of medical professional associations and various industry groups -- such as from the chemical, tobacco and drug industries -- promoting changes to U.S legislation to limit corporate and professional liability for damage caused by their products and services. ATRA was founded in 1986 by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Shortly thereafter, the American Medical Association joined them.
Asian Law Caucus - The mission of the Asian Law Caucus is to promote, advance, and represent the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, the Asian Law Caucus is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved APIs.
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) - The world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations around the globe.
Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) - The Association has grown to more than 22,000 members. To serve them, the Association strives to move ahead in many areas. The Library - including a new Technology Center - is the largest member-funded law library in the country, and provides members with a "gateway" to on-line services while continuing to provide more traditional library services.
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University of Law - Part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group - the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. Its work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.
British Maritime Law Association - Promotes the study and the advancement of British maritime and mercantile law and considers with foreign and other maritime law associations proposals for the unification of maritime and mercantile law in the practice of different nations.
California Association of Legal Support Professionals (CALSPro) - An association comprised of over 350 company and individual members who provide professional legal support services to the legal community. These services include process serving, photocopying, court filing, subpoena preparation, court record searches, skip tracing and private investigations.
California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) - Over 2,300 members strong, operating with a full-time staff headquartered in Sacramento. CDAA serves as a source of continuing legal education and legislative advocacy for its membership and provides a forum for the exchange of information and innovation in the criminal justice field.
Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA) - The CMLA is Canada's representative to the Comite Maritime International. The mandate of the CMLA is to advance the development of effective, modern commercial maritime law within Canada and the international shipping community.
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) - A non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Center for Justice & Democracy - National consumer organization located in New York Law School and dedicated to protecting the U.S. civil justice system. Works to make sure average Americans get a fair shake in court, even against the country's most powerful special interests. Exposes unscrupulous attacks by special interests on judges, juries, injured consumers and the attorneys who represent them. Raises public awareness of the value of the civil justice system and the dangerous campaign behind the so-called "tort reform" movement.
Center for Reproductive Rights - Legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women's reproductive rights worldwide. Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Committee for the Rule of Law (Nonpublication.com) - The Committee seeks to revive full publication of all decisions of the United States Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeal of California in official reports and to eliminate all rules of court prohibiting the citation of approximately 90% of all decisions of our appellate courts to any court for any purpose.
Criminal Policy Justice Foundation (CJPF) - Provides information to policy makers and the public to promote innovative ideas about criminal justice issues, including sentencing, drug policy reform, and police policy.
Defense Research Institute (DRI) - U.S. national organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. DRI provides numerous educational and informational resources to DRI members and offers many opportunities for liaison among defense trial lawyers, Corporate America, and state and local defense organizations.
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund - Earthjustice is the nonprofit law firm for the environment, representing-without charge-hundreds of public interest clients, large and small. Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat; and to achieve environmental justice.
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-LAW) - Public interest lawyers from 10 countries sharing strategies and legal and scientific information across borders to promote environmental protection. Today, more than 300 public interest advocates from 60 countries participate in the E-LAW network.
Environmental Law Institute (ELI) - Internationally recognized independent research and education center advancing environmental protection by improving law, policy, and management.
Equal Justice Society - A U.S. national organization of legal academics, practicing attorneys, policy experts, civil rights advocates and students dedicated to implementing a positive vision of equal justice through the development of progressive legal theory and practice.
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) - Dedicated to protecting civil and human rights throughout Europe. Engages in innovative strategic litigation, using European, international, and national law to enforce human rights and to hold state and non-state actors accountable for egregious abuses.
Federal Bar Association - Professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges in federal practice.
Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) - Organization of attorneys and other professionals, including engineers, consultants, economists and government officials, involved in the development, interpretation and practice of communications law and policy.
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies - An influential group of conservatives and libertarians ideologically aligned against the domination of law schools and the legal profession by orthodox liberal ideology. Federalist Society luminaries include Robert H. Bork, Edwin Meese, William Bradford Reynolds, Lois Haight Herrington, and Donald Paul Hodel.
Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) - Seeks to identify and study matters of essential concern to the legal profession in Canada to further cooperation among the Governing Bodies of the legal profession in Canada with a view to achieving uniformity in such matters.
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers - A legal thorn in the side of every government, lobbying for law reforms, civil liberties and access to justice for all; supporting national liberation movements against colonialism and campaigning against racism and all forms of discrimination.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) - The ILRC is a bridge between attorney and paraprofessional advocates who represent immigrants and the complicated and specialized legal issues that challenge their clients.
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) - An an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Members are either Asia-Pacific residents or have a strong interest in this part of the world. The IPBA was founded in April 1991 at an organising conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from throughout Asia and the Pacific. Since this time, it has grown to become a pre-eminent organisation in the area of Asia law and business with a membership of approximately 2,000 lawyers from 67 jurisdictions around the world.
International Bar Association (IBA) - Member organisations cover all continents and include the American Bar Association, German Federal Bar, Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Law Society of Zimbabwe and the Mexican Bar Association. Grouped into three sections - Business Law, Legal Practice, and Energy & Natural Resources Law - more than 60 specialist Committees provide members with access to leading experts and up to date information as well as top-level professional development and network-building opportunities through high quality publications and world-class conferences. The IBA's Human Rights Institute works across the Association, helping to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.
International Law Association (ILA) - The ILA was founded in Brussels in 1873. Its objectives, under its Constitution, include the "study, elucidation and advancement of international law, public and private, the study of comparative law, the making of proposals for the solution of conflicts of law and for the unification of law, and the furthering of international understanding and goodwill ". The ILA has consultative status, as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.
Justice Integrity Project - Promotes effective oversight of federal prosecution and judicial misconduct. Its primary focus is political and other arbitrary prosecutions, and official corruption cases.
Justice Research and Statistics (JRSA) - A national organization of state Statistical Analysis Center directors, researchers, and practitioners throughout government, academia, and criminal justice organizations.
Law and Society Association - A group of scholars from many fields and countries, interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life.
Marin County Bar Association (MCBA) - It is the mission of the MCBA to involve, encourage and support bar association members, to serve as a liaison to the Marin County courts, and to educate the community and enhance access to legal services.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) - Through litigation, advocacy, education and other strategies the LDF fights to ensure that all Americans receive equal access to education, criminal justice and political participation, and fair treatment in economic justice.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) - The national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA monitors legislative developments and judicial appointments, promotes APA political leadership, advocates for equal opportunity in education and in the workplace, works to eliminate violence against Asian Pacific Americans, and builds coalitions on these issues and others within the legal profession and the community at large.
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC) - A nationally recognized voice on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans, NAPALC focuses its expertise on anti-Asian violence prevention and education, voting rights, immigration, naturalization, affirmative action, language rights and the census.
National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) - Attorneys General of the 50 states and the chief legal officers of the District of Columbia (Corporation Counsel), the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's more than 12,500 direct members - and 90 state, local, and international affiliate organizations with another 35,000 members - include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal justice system.
National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) - A student run organization in the United States with nearly 6,000 members. NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa. Promotes the needs and goals of black law students in the legal community.
National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) - An association of lawyers, scholars, judges, legal workers, law students and legal activists. Its mission is to serve as the legal arm of the movement for Black Liberation, to protect human rights, to achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities and to work in coalition to assist in ending oppression of all peoples.
National Health Law Program (NHeLP) - A national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) - A national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law, and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants. The Center conducts policy analysis and impact litigation and provides publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.
National Lawyers Guild - An association of lawyers, law students, and legal workers dedicated to changing the fundamental structure of the U.S. political and economic system.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) - NLADA is the oldest and largest national, non-profit membership organization devoting all of its resources to advocating equal access to justice for all Americans. Founded in 1911, it champions effective legal assistance for the poor and serves as a collective voice for both civil legal services and indigent defense services throughout the U.S.
National Veterans Legal Services Program (NLSP) - For more than 25 years, the National Veterans Legal Services Program has been helping veterans who-because of the effects of military service-have been unable to share in opportunities available to most Americans. We serve these forgotten veterans through advocacy, education, litigation, training, and publications.
National Women's Law Center (NWLC) - The Center uses the law in all its forms: getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases in state and federal courts all the way to the Supreme Court; and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families.
Northwest Constitutional Rights Center (NWCRC) - Safeguards the rights of political activists, communities of color and immigrants through public interest litigation, advocacy and education. The Center holds the government accountable for its unconstitutional actions, and works to create a just and equitable society.
San Francisco Paralegal Association (SFPA) - The majority of SFPA members are paralegals employed by San Francisco and Bay Area law firms and corporations. Other members include freelance paralegals, students, paralegal educators, and others interested in the development of the profession.
Security Clearance Lawyers Association - A roup of lawyers experienced in counseling and representing individuals and companies in all aspects of personnel security clearance and facility security clearance issues before all government organizations and adjudicative bodies dealing with classified information.
Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. (SMA) - Promotes sound arbitration and establishes ethical standards for its membership. The SMA, however, does not participate in the administration of individual arbitrations.
State Bar of California - A public corporation within the judicial branch of government, serving as an arm of the California Supreme Court.
State Justice Institute - Established by Federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.
Sustainable Economies Law Center, The (SELC) - Provide essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.
TerraLex - An international network of independent law firms that serves the business and personal interests of clients whose requirements transcend their state, provincial or national borders. Currently, there are 145 member firms in 93 countries, with more than 12,000 lawyers and hundreds of offices around the world.
U.S. Foreclosure Network (USFN) - A resource network serving America's mortgage banking attorneys. USFN is the largest not-for-profit association of law firms and trustee companies in the nation. Also see USFN e-Update, monthly, electronic mortgage banking industry newsletter designed to provide timely reports on current national topics and local servicing issues by region.
Uganda Law Society - Seeking to strengthen collaboration with the Government of Uganda, the Judiciary and the Legislature on all matters affecting legislation, human rights, rule of law, good governance and the administration and practice of law in Uganda.
Vera Institute of Justice - Works closely with leaders in government and civil society to improve the services people rely on for safety and justice. Vera develops innovative, affordable programs that often grow into self-sustaining organizations, studies social problems and current responses, and provides practical advice and assistance to government officials in New York and around the world. Projects include efforts to serve troubled and delinquent kids at home instead of in juvenile institutions, reduce violence against women, help state leaders develop affordable and humane sentencing policies, strengthen police-community relations, and more.
Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) - WLF brings original lawsuits, files amicus briefs, intervenes in court cases, and petitions agencies for rulings. WLF also publishes timely legal studies written by expert authors.
Welfare Law Center - Works with and on behalf of low-income people to ensure that adequate income support - public funding provided on the basis of need - is available whenever and to the extent necessary to meet basic needs and foster healthy human and family development.
Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County - Formerly the Sacramento Association of Black Attorneys, promotes and protects the interests of African American attorneys, maintains a supportive role with African American law students and aids in representing the legal interests of African Americans in the greater Sacramento, California area.
William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice - The Fund supports the WMK Racial Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, makes grants to fierce and energetic projects to help guarantee William Kunstler's legacy, and helps to coordinate and implement projects and inititiatives in the interest of racial justice.
Women's Law Project - The Women's Law Project renews its commitment to work to abolish discrimination and injustice and to secure dignity and freedom for women. The Law Project is proud to be a unique resource for the women of Pennsylvania and a national leader in the field of women's rights.
World Justice Project - Independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Through Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical, on-the-ground programs that enhance and extend the rule of law.
World Trade Organization (WTO) - Global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its center are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.
Youth Law Center - A non-profit, public interest law office that has worked to protect abused and at-risk children since 1978. With offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the Center works nationally to serve children, focusing particularly upon the problems of children living apart from their families in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The goal of the Youth Law Center's work is to ensure that vulnerable children are provided with the conditions and services they need to grow into healthy, productive adults.
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