Welcome to the Charles Houston Bar Association Website!

We are an affiliate of the National Bar Association representing the interests of African American lawyers, judges and law students throughout Northern California. Founded in 1955, CHBA is committed to working within the African American community to facilitate access to the justice system and to promote equal protection under the law.


Bar Scholarship
The Charles Houston Bar Association, in partnership with the California Bar Foundation, is pleased to introduce our Bar Scholarship. Valued at $5,000, this scholarship provides a free Barbri bar prep course and a $1,000 living stipend. The deadline for the scholarship application is Tuesday February 16, 5pm. Any African-American 3L, who plans to sit for the July 2016 California bar exam, and plans to practice public interest law in California, is eligible. Although the program is targeted at African-Americans, all students are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 5pm

Link to application and information:


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National Bar Association

CA Black Laywers

CA State Bar

The Charles Houston Bar Association Partners and Affiliates

Charles Houston Bar Foundation, Inc.

The Charles Houston Bar Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization. The mission is to provide educational services and programs to improve access to justice; to advance equal protection under the law, by promoting the provision of services to under-served Bay Area communities; to advance African American access to justice and the courts; to increase diversity within the legal community and the bench; and to support the charitable objectives of the Charles Houston Bar Association.

Visit the Charles Houston Bar Foundation, Inc. website.