About NOBC

The National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) is a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.

This Website is intended as a resource facility for NOBC members, the legal community, and the general public.

Mission Statement

National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) is a non-profit organization whose members work in the regulation of the practice of law, including lawyer and judicial discipline, legal and judicial ethics and education, promotion of professionalism, and the unauthorized practice of law. Established in 1965, NOBC has accumulated a sizable membership that includes professionals from regulatory authorities, agencies, and unified and voluntary bar associations throughout the United States, as well as international affiliate members from affinity organizations.

NOBC provides a comprehensive organizational framework to promote the values of its members.  NOBC’s values include protecting the public, regulating the practice of law in the public interest, promoting respect for the rule of law, ensuring the integrity, professionalism, and competence of legal practitioners and the judiciary, furthering professional well-being, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession.

NOBC’s commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion—as described in NOBC’s Policy Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion —rests on the belief that those principles are indispensable to the competence of legal services providers and provide a necessary foundation for meaningful progress in the legal profession.  NOBC strives to have principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion motivate and inform each of its organizational purposes.

NOBC’s purposes include the following:

  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information, materials, and views about the regulation of the practice of law;
  • to provide materials and other resources to assist its members in enhancing the competence, ethics, civility, and professionalism of regulated legal professionals;
  • to foster interstate, state-federal, and international communication and cooperation in matters involving the regulation of legal professionals;
  • to promote coordinated action and assistance in addressing inter-jurisdictional and transnational disciplinary and regulatory issues;
  • to conduct policy-oriented research, analysis, and reporting on issues pertaining to regulation of the practice of law;
  • to develop a professional culture for individuals working in its mission-focus area;
  • to improve the quality of disciplinary and regulatory services;
  • to sponsor and participate in educational programs designed to increase the knowledge and efficiency of its members;
  • to cooperate and collaborate with other organizations with similar missions;
  • to establish policies, procedures, and infrastructure to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization;
  • to deploy educational programming and resources for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion among its member jurisdictions and in the field of regulation of legal professionals as a whole.

As appropriate, NOBC also takes advocacy positions on matters relating to the regulation of the practice of law and facilitates the submission of briefing on litigated issues of nationwide importance through its Amicus Committee. 

NOBC holds two annual membership meetings each year in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s meeting schedule: a Midyear Meeting in February and an Annual Meeting in August. The business and affairs of NOBC are managed by a Board of Directors composed of a President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Immediate Past President, ABA Delegate, and two At-Large Directors. Election of the four officers—President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary—takes place at the NOBC Annual Meeting, as does election of one of the two At-Large Directors, who serve two-year terms. NOBC’s standing committees include a Budget Committee, Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, Amicus Committee, Program Committee, Resolutions Committee, and Website and Publications Committee. The President-Elect appoints members to all standing committees immediately prior to accession to office, and the President is authorized to appoint any ad hoc committees necessary to the proper conduct of NOBC business.

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