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ACBA History

With over 1300 members the Albany County Bar Association has been the voice of the Albany legal community for more than a century.

The Hon. Alden Chester, Justice of the Supreme Court for the Third Judicial District of the State of New York, approved the Certificate of Incorporation of the Albany County Bar Association on October 12, 1900. The Albany County Bar Association has grown considerably since its founding by fifty-three Albany County Attorneys; among which were William Platt Rudd, the first president of the Albany County Bar Association, E.C. Knickerbocker, Charles J. Buchanan, Learned Hand, James Fenimore Cooper, Jacob L. Ten Eyck and H.A. Peckham. 

The first woman member, Hazel M. Cole, was inducted on December 9, 1919.  ACBA's first woman President, Margareth R. Powers served from 1988 to 1989. Several members of the Albany County Bar Association distinguished themselves through military service for their country during World War One & Two, the Korean War, The War with Vietnam, The Gulf War and the War in Iraq.

 

The Albany County Bar Association continues to forge new paths into the future with its innovative pro bono programming, professional CLE offerings, and valuable member services. 

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