The Monumental City Bar Association (MCBA) is Baltimore’s oldest and largest specialty bar association. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the Monumental City Bar Association has a long legacy and rich history as an advocate for African-American attorneys and the interests of the African American community in Baltimore City.
Embracing a commitment to service and to excellence, our members have made significant contributions to the legal community in Baltimore City and throughout the state of Maryland. Our members serve prominently in the judiciary, state and federal government, law firms, academia, law firms, corporate and non-profit organizations.
As we continue to honor the organization’s commitment to service, we invite you to join us and support our association in the various events for our members and the community that we host or participate in throughout the year.
If you would like to financially support the Monumental City Bar Association’s annual events and initiatives, click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
The Monumental City Bar Association was founded in 1935 by several legal pioneers including Warner McQuinn, W. Ashbie Hawkins and the future Unites States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. MCBA was formed as a coalition of black lawyers promoting justice for all people.
In 1952, MCBA celebrated its first female officer, Lena K. Lee, as Vice President of the organization and M. Bernadine Miles became the first woman president of MCBA in 1983. Over the years, MCBA’s membership has grown to include the country’s most prominent attorneys: Harry A. Cole, John Hargrove, William H. Murphy, Sr., Soloman Baylor, George L. Russell, Sr., Robert Watts, Sr. and Robert M. Bell, retired Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Currently, a number of sitting judges and prominent attorneys throughout the state are active members and supporters of MCBA.
The Monumental City Bar Association is designed to provide timely forums on various topics of interest and concern in the legal community and the community at large. Projects include:
Monumental City Bar Association is active in the public discourse on matters relevant to the legal field and the public at large. We participate in the legislative process and occasionally issue public statements consistent with our mission to serve our members and the larger African-American community. A list of recent statements is below: