About the SDCBA®

The San Diego County Bar Association is the hub of San Diego’s diverse legal community. We aim to serve the county’s lawyers and the San Diego community as the representative of the legal profession. SDCBA programs help San Diego citizens find qualified lawyers and resolve disputes, and educating the public regarding the law and issues that impact our community is paramount to our mission. Our membership is representative of our region’s diverse legal community — with new and veteran attorneys practicing in various areas of law throughout the county. With more than 50 unique Sections, Committees and divisions, a state-of-the-art full-service member lounge and shared workspace, various community service projects, informal and association-wide networking events, along with more than 300 hours of quality continuing legal education (CLE) and supplemental education programs each year, the SDCBA is the place where San Diego’s legal professionals connect and convene for the betterment of their individual practices and the profession.

Our Mission

The mission of the San Diego County Bar Association is to be San Diego County’s representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by enhancing the legal system and promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.


The SDCBA strives to do the following:

  • To serve the needs of our members.
  • To support and improve the justice system.
  • To provide leadership on major issues affecting the profession and the community.
  • To raise and maintain the professional and ethical standards of conduct of the bar.
  • To promote a better understanding and improved perception of the justice system and the legal profession by the public.
  • To preserve the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary.
  • To promote meaningful access to justice for all persons regardless of their economic or social conditions.
  • To promote diversity within the legal profession.
  • To promote responsibility for public service by the profession.
  • To build and maintain a strong financial and organizational infrastructure to carry out the goals of the Association.

San Diego County Bar Foundation

The San Diego County Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the SDCBA, striving to provide access to justice by investing in sustainable results and advocacy for people and communities in our region that are impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination. Learn more about the SDCBF and their work at www.sdcbf.org.

SDCBA Past Presidents

Legends of the Bar

Throughout the SDCBA's 110+ year history, we have had countless great leaders at the forefront of our legal community. To preserve the memory of some of our leaders and highlight part of the SDCBA's rich history, the SDCBA's Bar History Committee has created "Legends of the Bar." Legends of the Bar provides biographies for just a few of the bar's many leaders, and also includes some videos where our "legends" provide words of inspiration for future generations of lawyers in San Diego. Click on the name of the "legend" to access their biography.


We were saddened by the recent passing Judge Elizabeth Riggs, whose career had a big impact on our legal community. Services for Judge Riggs will be held on February 11 at 11 a.m. at Christ United Presbyterian Church. Judge Riggs spoke about her career as part of our “Legends of the Bar” series.You can watch her video here.