History

LVNBA LOGO-NEWThe Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (LVNBA) was originally incorporated in 1981 and reincorporated in 2005.  Over the years, the LVNBA has grown from a small group of fourteen trailblazing attorneys and judges to a large and vibrant organization.

The National Bar Association (National Bar) was founded in 1925 when there were fewer than 1,000 African-American lawyers in the nation, and less than 120 belonged to the (National Bar). By 1945, there were nearly 250 members representing 25% of the African-American members of the bar. Over the past 75 years, the National Bar has grown enormously in size and influence.

When the LVNBA was founded in 1981, there were fewer than 20 African-American attorneys in state of Nevada. Currently in Nevada, circa 125-150 African-American attorneys comprise approximately 1% of the membership of the State Bar of Nevada. Since its founding, the LVNBA has grown in size and influence and LVNBA members own their own law firms, are partners and associates at small, medium, and large size firms throughout Clark County, are students and law professors at community colleges and the University of Nevada, pursue justice for clients as prosecutors and public defenders, serve in the Nevada Legislature, are members of the Nevada judiciary, and represent cities, counties, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Justice. 

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