Our mission is: to serve, promote, and celebrate the San Joaquin County legal community.
The San Joaquin County Bar Association (SJCBA) is a non-profit membership organization that has served the legal community of San Joaquin Couty since 1940. In the early days the SJCBA founded the first legal aid program running from 1959-1966 when it became part of the California Rural Legal Assistance program. Later, the Bar Association started the Family Law Service Center. In the early 1970s they became a non-profit organization still operating today.
In 1959, Adelle Barrett was hired as the first Executive Director and stayed with the Bar Association until 1997. Many of the successful programs began, and blossomed, under her leadership. One of the early programs started in 1959 is the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), still run by the SJCBA today. The LRS pairs San Joauqin County residents with experienced pre-qualified attorneys to assist in specific legal matters such as probate, family law, personal injury, bankruptcy, and many others. The LRS is certified by the State Bar of California (cert. #0012) as well as the American Bar Association (ABA). If you are an attorney interesetd in serving on one of the panels, please contact us for more information.
In 1982 the SJCBA became the conflict firm for the courts through the county with the establishment of the Court Assigned Councel (CAC) program and continues to provide the courts with indigent defense to this day. When the Public Defender's Office declares a conflict or is unavailable to accept a case, one of our pre-screened and qualified attorneys accepts the case. The SJCBA has held the contract with the County of San Joaquin since 1983. If you are a criminal defense attorney interested in learning more about the CAC, contact Linda Mussat for more information.
As a non-profit organization, the Board of Governors, who represent the Bar Association members: Consist of twelve (12) governors who direct the activities and operations of the SJCBA. Governors serve three (3) year terms and are nominated annually in early October and confirmed at the Annual Meeting each November. The Bar has several committees and sections that oversee and conduct many of the events, MCLE courses, LRS, CAC and other Bar Association programs. If you are interested in participating in any of the Bar Association programs or committees, contact us to learn more about how you can make a difference. All committees and section executive committees meet once a month during the lunch hour (and they even provide lunch).