The OSB was established in 1935 by the Oregon Legislative Assembly to license and discipline lawyers, regulate the practice of law, and provide a variety of services to bar members and the public. The mission of the Oregon State Bar is to serve justice and the public interest by promoting respect for the rule of law, by improving the quality of legal services, and by increasing access to justice.
The bar is a public corporation and an instrumentality of the Oregon Judicial Department, funded by membership and program fees. It is not a state agency and does not receive any financial support or taxpayer dollars from the state’s general fund.
The OSB has more than 15,000 active members. Approximately half of our members engage in the private practice of law. The rest work primarily in government, corporate and business settings. Nearly 6,000 of our active members are women. More than 2,500 reside in a state other than Oregon.