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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

History of the Alabama State Bar

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
1. History of the Alabama State Bar Marker
Inscription. On December 13, 1878, a meeting was held in Montgomery for the purpose of forming a bar association, and on January 15, 1879, delegates from each county met for five days at a preliminary conference in the Hall of the House of Representatives. The Constitution and By-laws were adopted and officers elected to serve until the first annual meeting. W.L. Bragg of Montgomery was elected president. An act incorporating the State Bar Association was approved by the governor on February 12, 1879, and E.W. Pettus of Dallas County was elected president.
Thomas Goode Jones of Montgomery drafted a code of professional ethics, and on December 14, 1887, the Alabama Bar became the first in the country to adopt a code of legal ethics. The Alabama code was the foundation of the canons of ethics later adopted by the American Bar Association and by other states.
The State Bar, as a voluntary body, continued in efforts toward improvement of the legal profession. In August, 1923, an Act of the Alabama Legislature provided for the organization, regulation and government of the Alabama State Bar, thereby officially creating an "integrated bar." The first meeting was held on January 8, 1924, in Montgomery, and on February 12, 1924, the Board of Commissioners appointed the first Board of Examiners. Rules were established to regulate requirements for admission
History of the Alabama State Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
2. History of the Alabama State Bar Marker
Looking east; marker in the background.
to practice law and to govern the conduct of attorneys in Alabama.
 
Erected 1998 by Alabama State Bar.
 
Location. 32° 22.663′ N, 86° 18.204′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Dexter Avenue east of North Hull Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in front of the Alabama State Bar Association building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's First Election (a few steps from this marker); Lucien Dunbibben Gardner (within shouting distance of this marker); James Edwin Livingston (within shouting distance of this marker); Clement Clay "Bo" Torbert, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Howell Thomas Heflin (within shouting distance of this marker); Ernest C. “Sonny” Hornsby (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred David Gray (within shouting distance of this marker); Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
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Alabama State Bar Association image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
3. Alabama State Bar Association
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on July 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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