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The Bar Association of Springfield Missouri was founded October 17, 1903.  The organization charter hangs in the board room and states the object of the organization.  The mission, established by the founding members endures today:

 To maintain the Honor and Dignity of the Profession of Law, to cultivate social interaction among its members, to promote legal science, and to Advance Justice.

History of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
by James R. Cox
In honor of the Springfield Bar's Centennial Celebration, observed in October 2003, SMBA member James R. Cox compiled the rich and unique history of the organization.

Handshakes, Carbon Paper and Bowling Leagues: Being a Lawyer in Springfield in 1959
by James Owen
In conjunction with the publication of the 2009 SMBA Pictorial Directory, member Ryan DeBoef interviewed a dozen 50-year members of the Springfield Bar. James Owen compiled that information in an entertaining look back at a half century in the profession.

Making History, The Nonpartisan Court Plan in Greene County, by Crista Hogan

The Extraordinary Mrs. Alma Dodson, first woman member of the Springfield Bar 

Bench and Bar (1833-1976) from An Ozarks Lawyer's Story 1946-1976 by John Hulston