The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) was founded in 1976 to provide Asian American attorneys with a vehicle for the unified expression of opinions and positions on matters of concern to all Asian American attorneys. AABA also encourages and promotes the professional growth of its members, serves the Asian American and minority community, and fosters the exchange of ideas and information among its members and with the legal community at large.
AABA is the largest local Asian American bar association in the country and is one of the largest minority bar associations in California, with members who are lawyers, judges, law students and others, representing the entire spectrum of political, social and legal concerns. It is active in six Bay Area counties – including San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Marin and Santa Clara.
AABA has a strong sense of community responsibility. We strive not only to meet the professional needs of our members, but to use our resources and expertise to serve the public interest through legal clinics and other programs. We frequently cooperate with Asian American community groups in California on issues that affect our members and our community. AABA also is certified by the State Bar Board of Governors as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal education and sends delegates to the annual State Bar Conference of Delegates.
In 2009, AABA received the California State Bar’s Diversity Award (bar association) in honor of its long history of advocating for diversity in the legal profession.