The Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (“FBANC”) is an organization of attorneys, judges, and law students dedicated to serving the Filipino community. Through the volunteer work of its members, FBANC offers various service programs, including regular, free legal clinics, professional development programs for attorneys, and mentorship for law students and young attorneys. The organization also provides a voice for and advocates on behalf of Filipino interests in various forums.
With low numbers of Filipino-Americans in the legal profession, it is a priority for FBANC to connect law students with practicing attorneys to provide guidance and mentorship. FBANC, in fact, was initially created more than three decades ago to provide mentorship opportunities for Filipino-Americans interested and/or entering the legal profession. FBANC has continued this tradition to the present day, where we've developed mentorship groups typically comprised of a law student, a young attorney, and a more experienced attorney. Through these personalized groups, participants learn from one another, acting as mentor and mentee alike. In addition, we provide both social and professional programming to encourage and foster strong mentorship relationships. Moreover, FBANC presents scholarships to qualified law student members who have shown a commitment to issues involving the Filipino-American community.