It is a strange time for bar associations. National, state, and local bar associations have traditionally carried much of the load in helping lawyers grow and advance their careers, meet their professional obligations for continuing legal education, and develop a community of like-minded colleagues. Their popularity has suffered from the rise of online communities, bloat, mission drift, and a host of other reasons. But they still serve a valuable role for lawyers, particularly small-firm and solo lawyers. You can read more about bar associations on Lawyerist right here.