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
Asena Tui’one!

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, Asena will spend summer 2019 in the Public Advocates San Francisco office supporting the Education Equity Team, with dedicated support from CHBA.

About Asena Tui’one

Asena Tui’one, raised by two immigrant parents from the island of Tonga, identified education as her ticket to success early in life. Her experiences as a first generation college graduate inspired her to address systemic barriers to education access. After completing her undergraduate experience at the University of California Santa Cruz, Asena pursued her M.A. at Columbia University before launching her career with the Harlem Children’s Zone, a pioneering nonprofit committed to ending generational poverty in Harlem. Leading their premier Arts program, T.R.U.C.E Media and Arts, Asena focused on strengthening collaborative, holistic and reflective systems for staff, enabling her team to target and advance their advocacy for hundreds of youth in Central Harlem. In similar capacities, she has created and refined systems within not-for-profit organizations, supporting the development of youth workers, educators, leaders and young people on both coasts. Most recently, Asena worked as the Director of Programs at the CBO DREAM!, in the Bronx, where she focused on disrupting the school to prison pipeline by engaging in school-wide culture reform across New York City. Upon completion of her J.D. at Howard University, her future endeavors continue to include widening education access but now through the avenues of law and public policy.