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Mission Statement and DCBA History
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The Delaware County Bar Association exists to serve its members and the community at large by fostering respect for the law, by advancing the competent, collegial, and ethical practice of the legal profession, and by creating opportunities for attorneys, judges, and the public to work collaboratively for justice.



The Delaware County Bar Association, originally known as the Delaware County Law Library Association, was incorporated in 1872. The formation of the Association preceded the designation of Delaware County as a separate judicial district in 1879. The first President of the DCBA was Edward Darlington, who was one of many illustrious leaders of the Bar.

From 1872-1966, the DCBA was housed in the Delaware County Courthouse. During this period, the number of members increased dramatically. In response to this growth, the Association built and dedicated its current building at 335 West Front Street in 1966.

In 1974, the Board of Directors hired the DCBA's first Executive Director, Elizabeth C. Price. Her leadership became the model for other bar associations throughout the state, and she was instrumental in building the Association into a truly professional organization.

Today, the Delaware County Bar Association is a vibrant organization with approximately 1,200 members. Through membership in the DCBA, attorneys enjoy quality CLE programming, a subscription to the Delaware County Legal Journal, use of the conference facilities at the Bar Building at no cost, and the camaraderie of other lawyers. Through its Board and staff, the DCBA is dedicated to supporting its members and looks forward to remaining the destination for legal resources in Delaware County.
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