For the Public
What is the Alameda County Bar Association?
The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is a professional membership association for lawyers and other members of the legal profession. The ACBA provides access to ongoing legal education, promotes diversity and civil rights in the Alameda County lawyer community.
We also provide access to legal services for residents of Alameda County. Our Lawyer Referral Service connects members of the community 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 to low-income residents of Alameda County 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. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you call after hours, you can leave a message and an intake coordinator will return your call within 1-2 business days. Due to limited staff resources and security issues, we are not able to accept walk-in requests for assistance. Sorry, no exceptions.
Call 510-302-2222, extension 4, or Request a Referral Online now!
I need free legal help. Can you help me?
You may be eligible for free legal services through VLSC’s pro per legal clinics if you have a case in Alameda County that is within our program priorities and fall within our income guidelines. Contact our intake staff at 510-302-2222, extension 4. Intake hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Find out more information here
How do I file a complaint against my attorney?
You should register a complaint with the California State Bar if you believe that your lawyer acted improperly but not just because there is some disagreement between you or you believe he or she did a poor job.
To learn more about filing a complaint, please visit the State Bar’s website: www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/FilingaComplaint
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.