Programs & Services
The Albany County Bar Association strives to provide valuable programs and services to its members and the community. A list of our current programs and services can be found below. Click on the related links for more information.
Albany County Bar Foundation
The Foundation was formed to provide grants and administrative assistance for programs and projects dedicated to the promotion of social welfare. This includes but is not limited to the elimination of discrimination, the protection of civil liberties and insuring the availability of qualified legal assistance to the community. Members of the Association are strongly encouraged to contribute to the Foundation, which is tax deductible.
Appellate Moot Court Program
The Appellate Moot Court Program encompasses a roster of well qualified attorneys who will be available to periodically hear oral arguments for upcoming appeals. This procedure is intended for any attorney who has any appellate oral argument (or any court argument) presently scheduled. This opportunity is for both new and experienced attorneys. Whether you’ve never argued an appellate case before, you just feel rusty, or perhaps you are an experienced attorney that has a difficult issue to argue, this a process for you.
Continuing Legal Education
The ACBA was one of the first associations in the nation to offer continuing education programs to attorneys. The Association sponsors a variety of monthly luncheon forums and evening seminars which offer members an opportunity to obtain primary training and to keep abreast of current legal developments. The Albany County Bar Association has been certified by the NYS Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York for traditional, as well as non-traditional CLE format courses; video-taping, audio-taping and group attendance. For information on recorded programs, visit our CLE Catalog. For information on upcoming CLE courses, visit the Community Calendar.
Law Day Run Against Domestic Violence
The ACBA sponsors an annual Law Day Run Against Domestic Violence. This 5k race attracts hundreds of area runners and all of the profits are used to provide grants to local domestic violence programs.
Lawyer Placement Service
Members seeking employment may announce their availability through our monthly newsletter. The ACBA sponsors a Diversity Internship Program which increases the number of minority lawyers within the Capital District by soliciting individual law firms to hire a minority student intern from Albany Law School. This program has been the recipient of awards from the New York State Bar and American Bar Association.
Lawyer Referral Service
Participation in this voluntary Bar sponsored referral service provides assistance to more than 6,000 clients each year. Through our Lawyer Referral Hotline, client's needs are ascertained by our Lawyer Referral Specialist. They are quickly connected with an attorney in our referral data base who can meet their needs. Lawyers benefit by receiving clients that are suited for their practice areas.
Pro Bono / Public Service Projects
ACBA is committed to serving the public as well as the profession. The Association sponsors a variety of pro bono programs and offers free training sessions on a regular basis. Members wishing to provide legal assistance to those in need will find meaningful ways to do so by way of the following programs: Divorce, Bankruptcy, and Landlord/Tenant to name a few. We receive funding from the New York State Bar Foundation, IOLA, and JCLS which enables us to continue to expand our pro bono services for the community. We also sponsor a pro-se divorce program which enables our Pro Bono Coordinator to assist many people of lesser means obtain an uncontested divorce.
The ACBA newsletter, published ten times a year, in hard copy and electronically, is a terrific source for attorneys on developments in various fields of law, CLE offerings, social and community events, pro bono opportunities and job postings. ACBA publishes a pictorial directory of our membership every five years.
Members of the ACBA are committed to serving the public in the finest tradition of community service. This free public education program is designed to provide Albany County residents and students (from grade school to high school) with an understanding of significant legal issues, and at the same time affording member attorneys the opportunity to interact with the general public and make themselves known within the community.
The Association and its Committees sponsor a variety of social functions to allow members to pursue professional growth and personal contacts. These social functions include Track Day and Testimonial Dinners. The highlight of our Association is the Annual Court of Appeals Dinner honoring the past and present members of the Court of Appeals. The Association also sponsors a Mock Trial competition for High Schools Students. At our Annual Memorial Service, members of the Bar Association who have passed are eulogized by their peers. The Annual Holiday Party benefits a local organization focusing on children. Founders Day is our newest special event created to honor our Sustaining and Honorary Members, while recognizing the members of the past.