HistoryA Grand Profession... A Grand Tradition
Incorporated in 1902, the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA) has always been known for its high level of professionalism and civility. It is an association in which those qualities are the norm and lawyers who lack them are the exception. It also enjoys a climate in which lawyers and judges work together to improve the delivery of legal services. Since its inception, the Association has maintained membership loyalty far exceeding that of other voluntary bar associations. An early inspiration of local bar leaders was a private law library, incorporated even before the formal association in 1896.
The association has been the vehicle through which lawyers have worked to address challenges demanding flexibility and change: lawyer advertising, increasing specialization, increasing numbers of lawyers, the economy, the need to encourage and welcome women and minority lawyers into the practice, and the increasing use of technology to run law offices and conduct legal research.
"To promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law, foster the dignity and integrity of the profession, provide law-related services to the community, and serve the needs of our members."