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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 (ACBA) on October 13, 1900. Since then, the organization 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. 

Today, the organization boasts more than 1,200 attorney members representing a broad spectrum of over 400 different legal organizations in the NY Capital District, including solo and small firms, corporate and public sector firms, non-profits, lobbyists, judges and court personnel and more. The current Board of Directors leads the vision for the Association, while a team of professionals manages the day-today operations. 

Although the practice of law has changed over the past one hundred plus years, the mission of ACBA remains the same: 

The purpose of the Albany County Bar Association is to promote professional collegiality among the bench and the bar; facilitate public service and access to justice for all; and offer programs, benefits and services to enhance the skills of its members.



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