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Welcome to CBA National Sections

National Sections represent 32 groups of CBA members organized according to substantive areas of law.
More than 800 active volunteers are directly involved in providing leadership to meet the needs of individual CBA members.

Aboriginal Law

Administrative Law

Air and Space Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring

Business Law

Charities and Not-for-Profit Law

Civil Litigation

Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade

Competition Law

Constitutional & Human Rights

Construction and Infrastructure Law

Criminal Justice

Elder Law

Entertainment, Media & Communications

Environmental, Energy & Resources Law

Family Law

Health Law

Immigration Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property

International Law

Labour and Employment

Law Practice Management & Technology 

Maritime Law

Military Law

Municipal Law

Pensions and Benefits Law

Privacy and Access

Real Property

Taxation Law

Wills, Estates and Trusts



Don’t miss out on the benefits of belonging to Sections!

New this year, CBA members residing in Ontario are required to re-join National-only Sections annually. Please visit the Ontario Branch Sections Enrollment page and have your CBA membership number ready. Once you have logged in, please scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find a box entitled “CBA'S NATIONAL SECTIONS (COMPLIMENTARY).” Simply check the box of those National-only Sections of interest and click “submit.”

Your membership in the Section(s) will be renewed within 24 hours.

About CBA National Sections

National Sections represent 32 groups of CBA members, organized according to specific areas of law, which provide communication services and facilitate co-ordination among Branch Sections and members on issues of national concern.

Additional information on the activities of 32 Sections can be found on the appropriate Section webpage.

Section Activity Reports (2015)

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

2015-2016 National Sections Council Executive...

Photo taken by Graham Kennedy. ©2015 The Canadian Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

From left to right: Mark Newton (National Sections Council Past Chair), Ray Leclair (Executive Member), Mathieu Bouchard (Executive Member), Robyn Elliott, Q.C. (National Sections Council Chair), Brad Regehr (National Sections Council Vice-Chair), Patrick Shea (Executive Member)

Sections are the CBA's greatest resource for:

  • expertise in specific areas of law and matters relating to the objects of the Association; 
  • CBA initiatives addressing matters of concern to the legal profession; and
  • professional development services, including national continuing legal education programs. 

What We Do

  • Forum for sharing ideas
  • Active membership ranging from 427 - 5,160 members
  • National Continuing Legal Education
  • National Legislation and Law Reform Initiatives
  • Communications
    • E-News/Newsletters
    • Section Websites
  • Co-ordinate National Section involvement in relevant CBA national and international initiatives
  • Liaison
    • Government
    • Federal Court (practice matters)
    • Tax Court of Canada
    • Relevant bar associations and national/international organizations
    • Special Projects

How to Become a Member

When you enroll as an active member of a Section at the provincial or territorial level, you are entitled to membership in corresponding National Sections. You may join Sections without Branch counterparts by checking the appropriate "National Section" space on the Section enrollment form provided by your Branch. (Some Branches include a separate National Section list in their Section registration package).

Call CBA Membership at 1-800-267-8860 to verify National Section enrollment, or e-mail us at CBA Sections.

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