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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.


The mission of the National Association of Bar Executives is to enhance the skills and enrich the careers of bar association professionals.

Historical Documents

For a listing of past NABE Presidents: click here

NABE's Old LogoNABE's Old Logo

50th Anniversary - 1991

NABE 50th Anniversary Booklet CoverNABE 50th Anniversary Booklet [PDF]









NABE 75th Anniversary - 2016

Anniversary Gala - Tim Eigo's Speech

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National Association of Bar Executives
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Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-5408