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The Federal Bar Association (FBA) represents the federal legal profession. We consist of more than 16,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary. The Chicago Chapter has over 550 members and offers a wide variety of programs and events for judges and attorneys engaged in federal practice. The Chapter also has a variety of federal practice subcommittees to facilitate networking and advocacy opportunities.

The mission of the FBA is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.

The Chicago Chapter offers many opportunities to change and improve the federal legal system through grassroots work in concert with a strong national advocacy program.

There our many events and programs, Chicago Chapter members connect with a vast network of federal practitioners locally as well as members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Governance positions within the Chicago Chapter help shape the FBA’s future and make an impact on the growth of the federal legal community.

Explore best practices and new ideas at the many Continuing Legal Education programs offered throughout the year—at both the national and chapter levels.

The Chicago Chapter covers the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois.

By-laws of the Chicago Chapter as amended September 3, 2014 (PDF)

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