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In April of 1869, the Mobile Bar Association was 32 members strong, with each one paying collateral to start the association. Its objectives were to establish a law library in the city of Mobile, increase professional learning and create social opportunities among its members.  In 2019, the group has more than 1,000 members and a committee that still assists with the law library. Its updated mission is to elevate the legal profession to the highest possible standard, provide professional development and cultivate networking opportunities among the members of the Mobile Bar Association.



1869  Mobile Bar Association is founded. 
1869   Daniel Perrin Bestor served as first President of the Mobile Bar Association
1948  Rosa Gerhardt served as the first female President of the Mobile Bar Association
1956  Vernon Z. Crawford established the city’s first African American law firm located on Davis Avenue
1957 Law Day was originated by American Bar Association President Charles Rhyne. It is a special day for celebrating the US legal system
1958President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day by issuing a proclamation 
1969 Mobile Bar Association celebrated its 100th Anniversary
1970s   Women Lawyers, an unofficial section of Mobile Bar Association, began with Alice M. Meadows prompting other women in the legal field to meet for lunch to share advice and support one another
1976 Mobile Bar Association moved its headquarters to the LeVert Building located at 153 Government
1980 The Bay Area Black Lawyer’s Association was established   
1985 Mobile Bar Association organized the Pro Bono program to provide free legal representation to low-income
1989Mobile Bar Association Pro Bono program established a separate office with a part-time director 
1990sThe Bay Area Black Lawyer’s Association was renamed to Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association 
1994 Mobile Bar Foundation, a Section 501 (c)(3) organization, was established to assist with the betterment and good of the Mobile community  
2003Mobile Bar Association Pro Bono program incorporated as the Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program and became a Section 501 (c)(3) organization 
2012 Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program changed its name to South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program 
2016 Mobile Bar Foundation held its inaugural triathlon Tri the Gulf as a fundraiser for the organization 
2019Mobile Bar Association celebrates its 150th Anniversary