Helping You Understand The Law

Part of the mission of the Monroe County Bar Association is to provide information and assistance to help the public navigate the justice system.  

In this section, you will find information on how to find and choose a lawyer, preparing for meetings with lawyers, what kind of lawyer you may need, how to file a grievance or fee dispute, and more. 

Lawyer Referral Service

The MCBA Lawyer Referral Service is a not-for-profit public service designed to help members of the public find qualified attorneys.  All attorneys referred through the LRS are in good standing with the MCBA, and carry malpractice insurance. 

How To Choose A Lawyer

Learn more about choosing and meeting with an attorney, what area of law you may need, client's rights and responsibilities, and how to prepare for your first meeting with an attorney. 

Public Education

The Monroe County Bar Association hosts several programs dedicated to educating the public on ongoing legal issues, as well as public outreach programs to engage Rochester area youths. Click here to learn more.

Filing A Grievance

How to file a grievance or fee dispute resolution case. The MCBA is authorized to resolve fee disputes and investigate professional performance issues. 

The Telesca Center For Justice

Learn more about the Telesca Center For Justice.

Judicial Evaluations

As part of its public service, the MCBA publishes Judicial Evaluations of individuals seeking judgeships for Monroe County Surrogate Court and Rochester City Court. 

ACT For The Children

Assisting Children Through Transition (ACT) is a 4.5 hour course offered by the MCBA to help divorcing or separating parents learn how to help themselves and their children through these difficult family changes. 

Facility Use

The Monroe County Bar Association makes its conference rooms and education center available for rent.  View more information on MCBA facility use.