The purposes of the Montana State Bar are to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster, maintain and require on the part of attorneys high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service and conduct; to safeguard proper professional interests of the local bar associations; to provide a forum for discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the Bar to the public; to provide for continuing legal education of members of the Bar and to ensure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. [Constitution of the State Bar of Montana, Article III, Purposes].
This site has many useful resources and information, including information about areas in which I do not practice.
This is a link to The American Bar Association. The ABA's Mission is "to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession." Lots of great information here.
The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission, the ABF will produce timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally.
This site has excellent information about how law and society interact, and about why the Rule of Law is a critical component of our nation and our democracy.