For the Public

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dayton Bar Association?

Founded in 1883, the Dayton Bar Association (DBA) is a voluntary professional organization of more than 1600 legal professionals. Member judges, magistrates, attorneys, legal administrators, paralegals and law students have served our community and the legal profession for more than 125 years.

In addition to offering an array of services for members of the legal profession, the DBA offers a wide variety of resources for the community in which we live and work.

These public services include: The Lawyer Referral Service; The Notary Public Service; a Pictorial Legal Directory, A Public Service Committee; a Personnel Placement Service for administrative staff; a Speakers Bureau; Conducts the District High School Mock Trial Competition; An Ethics & Grievance Committee, Fee Arbitrations Panel; Distributes Law-Related information and the DBA Foundation supports worthy law-related projects and organization in our community.

Can you tell me whether Mr./Ms. “X” is an attorney and give me his/her phone number?

Ohio licensed attorneys are not required to be a member of the Dayton Bar Association, however, we are pleased to assist in providing contact information relating to our 1,600 members: Call 937-222-7902.  A complete listing of Judges, Magistrates, Attorneys, Law Firms and Court information in the Greater Dayton Legal community is available in the Dayton Bar Association’s Pictorial Legal Directory. The 2017 Directory will be available soon and will be for sale at the Association office. 

Does the Dayton Bar Association offer free or reduced fee (“pro bono”) representation?

The Dayton Bar Association does not directly match attorneys with pro bono clients. However, Legal Aid and the Volunteer Lawyers Project assist disadvantaged individuals in our area.

The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. (VLP) provides attorneys to low income individuals in the Montgomery County area of Ohio. The VLP provides this service for civil cases only and gives first priority to cases referred by the Legal Aid Line. Major areas of assistance are Divorce, Custody, Consumer Issues and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. There are currently more than 750 area attorneys participating in this project.

If you are seeking an attorney, please call Central Intake at (888) 534-1432 or click here to visit the Legal Aid Line web site.

Or visit the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project web site.