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HISTORY

The Charter members of what would become the Morris County Bar Association met at the Morris County Courthouse on January 10, 1900 to elect a chairman and to pass a motion to draft a constitution and by-laws of the proposed organization. The first annual meeting was held on May 1, 1900 (coincidentally, now observed nationwide as “Law Day”).

The Morris County Bar Association is a professional association of attorneys and members of the judiciary who live in and/or practice law in Morris County. The objectives of the Association are as follows: to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law; to promote an understanding of the law and its application in society; to foster the due administration of justice; and to promote the capacity of the Bar for public service, particularly the provision of pro bono legal services in appropriate cases.

The Morris County Bar Association is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the Association’s membership and maintains a staff comprised of an Executive Director, Lawyer Referral Service Administrator, and a secretary.

There are 1100 members of the Morris County Bar Association and the organizational structure includes numerous practice and professional committees; including an active Young Lawyer Committee. (see link for a complete listing of committees)

Activities include regularly scheduled dinner meetings, committee meetings, sporting events and seminars for which members can receive CLE credit in NJ, NY,
and PA.

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The Morris County Bar Association has a monthly newsletter, an active Lawyer Referral Service, an Annual Young Lawyer Mock Trial Competition, a High School Mock Trial Competition, a Speakers’ Bureau for the public, a reduced fee program with the Housing Partnership For Morris County, a Volunteer Attorney Program with the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter, and a Mediation Program in the Court’s Special Civil Part. The Association and its representatives maintain active contact with community and state organizations as well as with other law- related agencies and organizations.

The Morris County Bar Association has an active Professionalism Committee and a Lawyers’ Assistance Program. Morris County Bar Association members also volunteer their time to serve on both the District Ten Fee Arbitration and Ethics Committees.

Since 1900

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