What is the Alameda County Bar Association?

The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is a organization for lawyers, judges and other legal professionals. The ACBA provides education, and promotes diversity and civil rights in our community.

Public Services

We also provide access to legal services for residents of Alameda County.  Our Lawyer Referral Service connects you with a pre-screened qualified Alameda County lawyer. The Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, a 501.c.3 nonprofit, provides more than 3,000 hours of free legal services each year

I need a lawyer. Where do I start?

The ACBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) can match you with a pre-screened Alameda County Lawyer qualified to help you with your legal issues. LRS phones are open from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you call after hours, you can leave a message and we will return your call within 1-2 business days. We are not able to accept walk-in requests for help, no exceptions.
Call 510-302-2222, extension 4, or Request a Referral Online now!

Victims of the North Bay Fires:

We have partnered with the State Bar and local bar association to open a hotline for legal issues resulting from the fires. Please call (415) 575-3120.

Please note: The ACBA will be closed on August 2nd from 11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for staff development. 



I need free legal help. Can you help me?

You may be able to attend one of our free legal clinics if you have a case in Alameda County. We do not provide an attorney to go with you to court, but our volunteers can help with paperwork and give advice. Find out more information on our clinics here

How do I file a complaint against my attorney?
You can register a complaint with the California State Bar if your lawyer acted unethically.
How much does an Alameda County Lawyer cost?

The average hourly rate for a lawyer in Alameda County is between $200 and $400.

Where can I find a list of legal resources?

Click here to view our page of resources.