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.

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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.

Public Advocates and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce our third Arc of Justice Summer Fellow
Ariona Jean-Johnson!

Awarded to law students who are committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area, the fellowship is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to help increase the number of law students of color who pursue careers in public interest law. As the Arc of Justice fellow, Ariona will spend summer 2018 in our San Francisco office supporting the Education Equity Team, with dedicated support from CHBA.