Where Did The Term “Bar” In Bar Association Originate?
Posted Jul 31, 2020
By Washington State Litigation Lawyer Richard R. Beresford
A bar association, such as the Washington State Bar Association (“WSBA”), or the American Bar Association (“ABA”) is a professional body of lawyers. But where did the term “Bar” come from? Here are a couple of theories on the subject.
Most authorities contend it refers to a traditional courtroom which includes a railing or bar separating the area for general spectators from the area reserved for judges, attorneys, juries, civil litigants, criminal defendants and court officials. Referring back to the development of our American judicial system which followed many of the English traditions, some have argued...Read More