The Association of The Bar of the City of New York (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students headquartered in a landmark building on 44th Street in Manhattan. Today the City Bar has over 23,000 members.
Through its nonprofit affiliates, the City Bar provides pro bono legal services in New York City and supports the creation and expansion of pro bono and access to justice in other countries.
The Legal Referral Service, provides free initial telephone consultation to the public, as well as a free referral to experienced, pre-screened lawyers.
The City Bar’s Legislative Affairs department acts as a liaison between the committees and the New York State Legislature and New York City Council.
The City Bar's committees evaluate candidates for judgeships on New York City's courts, candidates for New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals and consider the qualifications of the President's nominees to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The City Bar’s member services include career development workshops; networking events; a Small Law Firm Center; the Lawyer Assistance Program, a law library; discounts on Continuing Legal Education courses; insurance and other benefits.