In addition to the services that we provide for our membership, the Albany County Bar Association is committed to providing services to our community. Our members are as committed to serving the public as they are to serving their profession.
- Pro Bono Department. Delivering legal services, advice and counsel to the public in a variety of ways.
- Lawyer Referral Service. Provides a convenient and easy way for the general public to connect to Albany lawyers that work in the specific area of law they are seeking help with. Please call 518-445-7691 x110 if you are seeking this service.
- Diversity internship Program: The ACBA is proud to sponsor a program to increase the diversity of attorneys within the Capital District. Through coordination from our office, law firms in Albany are connect with an intern from Albany Law School for a ten-week period.
- Community Law Days. Throughout the year, the ACBA attends community law events and provides information to the public through demonstrations, outreach, and lectures.
- Attorney Grievance Committee. Connecting dissatisfied clients with the proper agencies to have their complaints heard and acted on appropriately. Call the office, 518-445-7691, if you wish to file a grievance against an attorney.
- Speakers Bureau. ACBA will provide a member attorney to schools or community groups who would like a speaker to address legal topics. This is a free service.
- Mock Trial Tournaments:The New York State Bar Association's Annual Statewide Mock Trial Tournament for public and nonpublic schools, sponsored by the Albany County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizen Program.
- Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. The goal of Youth Court is to intervene in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior, and to reduce the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. Youth Court strives to promote feelings of self esteem and a desire for self improvement, and to foster a healthy attitude towards rules and authority. Youth Court also offers a law-related education program for young people who seek to become members of the court.
- 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.