Federal Bar Association


The FBA is the preeminent national organization for private and government lawyers and judges involved in federal practice. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of federal practitioners, the federal judiciary, and the public.

The Orange County Chapter of the FBA covers the spectrum of federal legal practice in Orange County. Regular programs and events provide a unique opportunity to meet federal judges and courthouse personnel, stay current on the latest developments in federal practice, and meet and learn from other federal practitioners in our community. The FBA/OC has won numerous national awards as an outstanding chapter for its innovative and valuable programs, as well as for its excellent newsletter.

The Orange County Chapter focuses on presenting frequent and topical CLE programs. Regular programs include: annual civil, criminal, and intellectual property practice programs on cutting edge topics; periodic “Behind the Books” tours of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse; and special programs with nationally recognized members of the legal community.

Local federal judges assist in planning and presenting many of the chapter CLE activities, provide valuable and specific insight regarding federal practice in Orange County, and serve on the FBA/OC Board of Directors. FBA/OC’s hallmark event each year, Judges’ Night, draws many judges from local and regional courts. Additionally, each summer, the organization hosts two Bench and Bar luncheon events, during which a local federal judge provides valuable insights to practitioners about legal developments or successful practice in their courts.

The Chapter’s membership spans all types of attorneys in Orange County, from civil to criminal, from private practitioners to corporate counsel to federal attorneys with the United States Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, and other federal agencies, and includes lawyers in all kinds of practices, from solo offices to the largest firms. The Chapter also is committed to promoting the growth of younger federal practitioners via its Young Lawyers Division.

The FBA/OC supports the local community by hosting an annual pro bono lunch with the goal of raising awareness of the various pro bono programs in Orange County. Additionally, FBA/OC members support the Federal Pro Se Clinic located at the Santa Ana courthouse via volunteer activities. The FBA/OC has formed a young lawyers division focused on planning events that are of particular relevance to our members who are new to federal practice or have recently started their legal careers.

For more information, membership applications, or to join the FBA/OC, visit the website at www.fbaoc.com or contact FBA/OC Administration at info@fbaoc.com, or 949.608.9905 (phone and fax).

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For more information about upcoming events, visit www.fbaoc.com.