“The NKBA’s mission is to cultivate the highest standards of professionalism and fellowship among members, to provide education and resources to attorneys, to promote the profession, and to provide volunteer and educational services to the public.”


Since 1984, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association (NKBA) has grown in members, projects, and services at an astounding pace.  In the process, the NKBA has become an integral part of the Northern Kentucky Community.  It is the only local provider of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses.  Over ninety percent of the attorneys in Northern Kentucky with a Kentucky license belong to the Northern Kentucky Bar Association.  The Association provides services to the members, the profession, and the general public.


The Northern Kentucky Bar Association was incorporated on Law Day, May 1, 1984, which means we are beginning plans to celebrate our 36th Anniversary!

Previously, there had been three County Bar Associations:  Boone, Campbell and Kenton.  The presidents of the three associations initiated the idea to combine individual county associations to form a unified Northern Kentucky Bar Association.  The three counties represented 43 cities and many districts.  In the beginning, the annual dues were $50 and the roster included 375 attorneys.

By May 1985, a Lawyer Referral Service was operational.  NKBA hosted its first golf outing at the Kenton County Golf Course in September 1985; the first Holiday Dance occurred in December 1985.  Dean Henry Stephens agreed to house the Northern Kentucky Bar Association offices on the campus of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law where they continue to be located.


As set forth in the Association Charter, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association shall have as its objects and purposes:

    The fair and efficient operations of the legal system for the benefit of the public. The education of the public of the role of the lawyer and legal system in the society. The provision of opportunities for the individual lawyer to increase his or her legal knowledge and ability. The promotion of reform of the law. The facilitation of the administration of justice. The preservation of the high standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. The exertion of influence of good on the life of the community. The establishment of close relationships and cooperation with other local, state and national bar associations. The cultivation of the spirit of fellowship among the Association members. To do everything necessary, suitable, proper or incidental to the accomplishment, attainment or furtherance of the purposes set forth above, whether alone or in association with others.


  • Health Insurance Benefits (Disability, Life, Vision and Dental also available for qualified insurers)
  • Exceptional CLE programming, including 25+ free hours
  • NKBA advertisement of members as Preferred Attorneys in the community
  • Engaging practice-focused education and networking through our Areas of Practice Sections
  • Professional, social, and charitable events for networking with other attorneys and local judges, having fun, and building a stronger bar and community
  • Advertisement of job postings at nkybar.com/classifieds
  • Opportunities for professional recruitment to full-time, permanent positions
  • Access to our local courts and judges
  • Free use of the NKBA office space for mediations and depositions
  • Free listing in the NKBA legal directory
  • Discounts for NKBA-hosted functions
  • Discounts at local businesses
  • Opportunities to engage in leadership roles, task forces, and committees
  • And more!

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