The Arkansas State Bar is the voluntary (non-mandatory) bar association of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

History

As early as 1837, there were efforts to organize association of lawyers in Arkansas, but it was not until 1898 that the Arkansas State Bar was organized.[3] Its first president was U. M. Rose.

Structure

The Arkansas State Bar publishes the quarterly Arkansas Lawyer Magazine[4] the weekly E-bulletins.,[5] and other publications.

The Arkansas State Bar does not control lawyer licensing; that is a function of the Arkansas Board of Law Examiners.[6] It does not enforce the requirement that Arkansas lawyers must complete 12 credits of Continuing Legal Education each year.;[7] that is the function of the Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board [8]

Committees

The Arkansas State Bar Association includes various Committees and Taskforces that are appointed by the President of the Association.[9] The committees as of February 26, 2013, include:

Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity (Chairs: Ron D. Harrison, Harold J. Evans)
Arkansas Bar PAC (Chair: Dennis Zolper; Boyce R. Davis)
Audit Committee
Continuing Legal Education Committee
Editorial Advisory Board - The Arkansas Lawyer
Editorial Board for Handbooks
Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Governance Committee
House Advisory Committee
Investment Committee
Judicial Council Liaison Committee
Judiciary Committee
Jurisprudence and Law Reform Committee
Law Related Education Committee
Law School Committee
Lawyers Assisting Military Personnel
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee
Leadership Academy Committee
Legal Forms Committee
Legislation Committee
Long Range Planning Committee
Member Benefits Committee
Membership Development Committee
Mid-Year Meeting Task Force
Mock Trial Committee
Paralegal Committee
Past Presidents Committee
Personnel Committee (Arkansas Bar Association)
Professional Ethics Committee (Chair: Brad Hendricks)
Public Information/Findalawyer Committee
SJR6 Task Force
Uniform Laws Committee
Website/Technology Committee
Women in the Profession Committee
YLS Executive Council