Federal Bar Association

The FBA is the preeminent national organization for private and government lawyers and judges involved in federal practice. 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 their staffs, 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, and for its excellent newsletter.

Local federal judges assist in planning and presenting chapter CLE activities, provide valuable and specific insight regarding federal practice in Orange County, and many of them 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. 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 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 FBA-OC supports the local community, through activities such as its annual Bill of Rights Program at Santa Ana intermediate schools, assisting the federal court’s pro bono panel program, and contribution to the Public Law Center. In the Bill of Rights program, which was founded by the Chapter, volunteer attorneys from the chapter give presentations to Santa Ana intermediate school students about the Bill of Rights and share experiences about practicing law in Orange County. This program has won numerous awards and serves as a model for similar programs across the nation.

The Orange County chapter has always focused on presenting frequent, excellent, and topical CLE programs. Regular programs include: annual civil, criminal, and intellectual property practice programs on cutting edge topics; summer Bench and Bar luncheons at which the local federal judges provide advice on successful practice in their courts; periodic “Behind the Books” tours of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse; and special programs with nationally recognized members of the legal community.

For more information, membership applications, or to join the FBA/OC, visit the website at: www.fbaoc.com or contact: Heather DeSha at info@fbaoc.com, or 949.275.6993 (phone and fax).