In April 1878, a committee of three lawyers was organized. It consisted of Richard D. Hubbard, Governor of Connecticut; Simeon E. Baldwin; and William Hamersley. They prepared a circular and planned a meeting. Seventy-five lawyers then met in Saratoga Springs, New York on 21 August 1878, and the American Bar Association was founded. The ABA has played an important role in the development of the legal profession.
My great-grandfather John Schneider was a lawyer. He graduated from City College of Law and Finance in 1921. He was a member of the Bar Association.
John's brother Rudolph Schneider was also a lawyer. He graduated from City College of Law and Finance in 1917. He was a member of the St. Louis and Missouri State Bar Associations.
Stevens, Walter Barlow. Centennial History of Missouri (The Center State): One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921. Volume V. St. Louis, MO: S. J. Clarke Publishing, 1921. Pages 726, 729. Available from Archive.org.
My mother, like her grandfather and great-uncle, is also a lawyer.