As of Jan. 2 the former 16 Sections of the State Bar and California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), which collectively boast almost 100,000 members, are moving forward together as California Lawyers Association (CLA). Building on the historic work and numerous accomplishments of the State Bar Sections, we are establishing CLA as one of the nation’s leading bar associations and the voice for all lawyers in California.
CLA has hit the ground running. We will be moving our headquarters from San Francisco to Sacramento in the coming year, and our incredible staff and hundreds of volunteers are working hard to expand our educational programming, publications and other member benefits. We continue to develop and nurture key relationships across California and in the State Capitol. CLA leadership recently met with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to discuss CLA’s launch and its mission of promoting excellence, encouraging diversity and inclusion, and ensuring fairness in the administration of justice and rule of law. Through these collaborations and discussions, we are quickly realizing our exciting and expansive vision for CLA membership.
The first CLA Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego this year from Sept. 14-15. This year’s theme is Shaping the Future for all California Lawyers. We will offer high quality educational tracks, keynote events and other professional development opportunities. CLA’s Annual Meeting will be California’s preeminent event of its kind, where lawyers and judges will gather from across the state to collaborate, innovate, learn and exchange ideas. We encourage everyone to attend.
CLA leadership is developing superior resources and benefits for its members. We are building a new website, which will house proprietary members-only resources, such as definitive legal reports, opinions and practice guides. We are exploring initiatives in the areas of appointments, pro bono, and bar association collaboration. In 2019, we will launch one of our signature events, the CLA Solo and Small Firm Summit.
CLA continues to work closely with the State Bar of California and, in accordance with the legislation forming CLA, your State Bar invoice will continue to include CLA Section member dues. Accordingly, if you were a Section member last year and, without any revisions, paid your State Bar annual dues, you are now a member of CLA and remain a member of your pre-selected Section(s). Separately and in addition, CLA offers attorneys and affiliates the option of joining CLA through our website (www.CAlawyers.org). Visit the site to learn more about your membership, the CLA Annual Meeting, other events and offers, and much more.
Fundamentally, our members are the organization. Together, as CLA, we will accomplish great things. We are actively soliciting ideas and suggestions from our members on how to best serve them. We invite you to contact us at ideas@CAlawyers.org to share your thoughts and vision. You can also reach CLA through its various CLA Board members and Section Executive Committee members, whose contact information can be found on our website. We look forward to working with each of you to build our future as the bar association for all California lawyers.
Heather Linn Rosing, President [firstname.lastname@example.org]