Welcome to the Stanislaus County Bar Association

There are currently over 300 active members of the Stanislaus County Bar Association. As a voluntary association of attorneys in Stanislaus County we strive to:

  • Serve the welfare of the public by promoting understanding of the laws of California and the nation
  • Seek to improve the administration of justice
  • Promote professionalism among lawyers
  • Provide legal services to those in need of them
  • Assist communication between member of the Bar and the public
  • Motivate members to participate in civic/community service

Need more?  Check out our Top Ten Reasons to join the SCBA!

Lawyers Referral Service:

The Stanislaus County Bar Association offers a service to the community for those who do not have an attorney but have legal problems. Find out More >>

President’s Message

by Sally K. Chenault, SCBA President

My involvement in the Stanislaus County Bar Association (“SCBA”) has shaped my career in ways I never anticipated and has led to opportunities I never imagined when I requested to be considered as a board member so many years ago. On May 8, 2015 prior to the SCBA Law Day luncheon, I was texting
and emailing the California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu. Justice Liu was the keynote speaker for the 2015 Law Day Luncheon. We met prior to the luncheon and in addition to discussing the question and answer format for the luncheon, we talked about our children, our parents, the amount of water it takes to grow one almond and the paths that led us to become an attorney. An appellate attorney friend of mine who argues in front of the California Supreme Court asked me to recount those
precious minutes with Justice Liu over and over again like a child who meets his/her super hero.

On October 16, 2014, as SCBA vice president and chairperson of the 2014 Bench/Bar Dinner (“BBD”) I spent an afternoon with Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the historic Little Rock Nine, prior to her presentation for the BBD. Ms. LaNier was a last minute replacement for Melba Pattillo Beals, also one of the Little Rock Nine, who became ill shortly before our BBD. Ms. LaNier and Ms. Beals were two of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958, following the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. The opportunity to spend hours with Ms. LaNier was a gift of a lifetime and but for my involvement with the SCBA, it was an opportunity that I would never have had.

Mindful of the many demands on lawyers, I believe that it is critical that each and every member’s experience with the SCBA be professionally and personally rewarding. To date in 2015, the SCBA has brought the legal community ten (10) MCLE classes on subject matter that is current and relevant. We hosted the New Judges’ Lunch welcoming Justice Alan Cassidy and Justice Ruben Villalobos on April 10, 2015, the May 8, 2015 Law Day Luncheon, and the annual golf tournament on May 30, 2015. The SCBA assisted with the new Lawyers’ Reception on April 2, 2015, generously hosted by Modesto Commerce Bank. We look forward to hosting the 2015 Bench-Bar Dinner (BBD) in October. Our Committee is still hard at work putting together details of this annual event and we will distribute event flyers once everything is finalized. Keep your eyes open!

The California State Bar recently closed public comment for the proposed increase in MCLE hours from 25 to 36 with a requirement that 12 of the hours be relevant to a member’s practice area. The SCBA’s relatively low cost of $40 (with bag lunch) for one MCLE hour for members (versus $60 for non-members) is a member benefit to consider. The SCBA is always looking for relevant MCLE presentations. Please offer your expertise or submit ideas to the SCBA.

The Lawyer Referral Service (“LRS”) is an opportunity to give back to the community and also to gain new clients. The SCBA website under “Find a Lawyer” explains the necessary qualifications to be an LRS attorney. Call the SCBA office to sign up as an LRS attorney.

Membership in the SCBA is a commitment to our legal community. Volunteering, taking a leadership role and giving back are all ways we can ensure that the SCBA is here for generations to come and that we leave this place better than we found it.

So if you are a member and haven’t been involved in what is going on, what are you waiting for? I hereby cordially invite you to get involved in the Stanislaus County Bar Association and use your talents for the betterment of yourself and your legal community. We need you. We need your passion. We need your excitement. We need your enthusiasm. The SCBA is
dedicated to the success of our members.

Thank you for your continued support. The SCBA exists because of you.