Columbus Bar History

Until (and unless) there is new discovery, the Columbus Bar is the first and oldest Bar Association in the State of Ohio. Legend has it that the Association was initiated by a half dozen or so lawyers (gender exclusive) who read the Law and met regularly in a small room over a tavern (1869). By the time members were celebrating one-hundred years of camaraderie and professional support, attendance was over 1260. Today, membership is close to 5,000 - an inclusive community of professionals, enhanced by their Diversity Initiative (May 2001) that has served as a model for bar associations across the country.

150th Anniversary: 1869 - 2019

Click here for historical information on the Columbus Bar Association, prepared in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the association.