National Association of Bar Executives
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History and Mission


The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) was founded in 1941 to serve the management staff of bar associations and law-related organizations.

NABE is an independent not-for-profit organization. It was incorporated in Illinois in May, 1990.

NABE is an affiliate of the American Bar Association and has received administrative services through the ABA since 1953. These services are provided through the Division for Bar Services (DBS) and were formalized in 1983.

Since its founding NABE has had individual members but up until 1987 it was considered an association of organizations. Dues were assessed on the bar association as a group, and each bar association had one vote, regardless of the number of members from that association.

A bylaw revision in 1987 implemented the current system of individual membership dues and one-member, one-vote.

For a listing of past NABE Presidents: click here. [PDF]


The mission of the National Association of Bar Executives is to enhance the skills and enrich the professional lives of bar association executives.

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