For the Public

The Federal Bar Association's For the Public Section includes information that addresses the legal needs and question for the general public.


President’s Message: The Importance of Mentoring

During the coming year, the FBA focuses on “Civics and Service to Others.” An important component of such service is mentoring. I was fortunate to have mentors while in law school, as a law clerk to a federal judge, and while in private practice—including, among many others, Hon. Jack Sherman Jr., Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones, Bill Williams, Cliff Kuhn, Dean Barbara Watts, Charlie Faruki, Mike Hawkins, Mark VanderLaan, and George Vincent. I am grateful to the lawyers who met with me, took me to lunch, discussed their practice, and gave me advice.

FBA members’ continued involvement helps keep the organization strong

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About U.S. Federal Courts

Our Founding Fathers understood the need for an independent Judiciary, which was created under Article III of the United States Constitution. The Judicial Branch is one of one of the three separate and distinct branches of the federal government. The other two are the legislative and executive branches.

Frequently Asked Questions

These answers of frequently asked questions are provided for your reference but should not take the place of professional legal advice. Topics include selecting a lawyer; legal fees; law and the courts; law and the consumer; and bankruptcy.

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