Kern County Bar Association Membership

Why Join the Kern County Bar Association?

For many lawyers, joining a bar association might seem like an unnecessary and meaningless exercise. What does a bar association have to do with my practice? Who needs more meetings to attend? Why bother? It may come as a surprise that large numbers of lawyers at the local, state and national levels find bar association affiliation a true enhancement to their practice, their profession, and even their personal lives.


Benefits of KCBA Membership

When you become a member of the KCBA, you gain access to a variety of resources, programs and other assets that can enhance your career.

Helpful MCLE Classes

KCBA through our office and our Sections offers more than 30 units of MCLE annually. Why travel to far flung places, stay in motels and pay outrageous fees for your required MCLE when you can get everything the State Bar requires right here in Bakersfield?

Social Activities

KCBA’s programs facilitate your meeting and talking with fellow lawyers and the judicial officers. KCBA sponsors the Bench and Bar Award Dinner, Judicial Appreciation Night, and our annual Installation Dinner as well as daytime lunch meetings for both MCLE and membership. KCBA joins with the Kern County Paralegal Association to offer the Annual Holiday Luncheon.

Fee Arbitration Program

State Bar rules require that you offer your clients a low cost fee arbitration system when you have a fee dispute. KCBA’s arbitration program provides local attorneys to help you solve your fee disputes.

Networking with other practitioners in their area of expertise

Our KCBA Sections are: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning and Probate, Women Lawyers, Multi-Cultural Bar Alliance, Young Lawyers, In-House Counsel and Family Law.

Timely Magazine

The Res Ipsa Loquitur is a bi-monthly magazine distributed to law professionals and the legal community of Kern and surrounding counties. The estimated readership is 1800-2000. Our magazine is published through the online distribution website Issuu, with each issue distributed via email to our membership. The Res Ipsa Loquitur enjoys a strong following and a proven target market.

Daily eBriefs

Daily case law summaries provided to the Kern County Bar Association members of pertinent court decisions. Decisions are listed from the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Court of Appeal.