Earn up to 12 Hours MCLE Credit, including legal specialization, with your attendance at the full, two-day event.
September 14-15, 2018 | Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
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You are invited to be a part of our history! Enjoy the opportunities and benefits of attending the inaugural California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting on September 14 and 15, 2018 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.
We have planned a dynamic two-day event packed with great CLE programming, networking opportunities, an interactive session with California Lawyers Association (“CLA”) leadership, two keynote luncheons, annual Business Law Section Breakfast program, exhibits and more.
The Bench-Bar Coalition ("BBC") cordially invites you to the fall meeting on Friday, September 14, 2018, to be held concurrently with the annual meetings of the Conference of California State Bar Associations, the California Lawyers Association, and the California Judges Association.
Please join BBC for the installation of the new executive committee members by the Chief Justice, along with Judge Holly J. Fujie and Mr. Pelayo Llamas, the current BBC co-chairs. The BBC is composed of judges and leaders of local and statewide bar associations and legal services organizations, and is designed to enhance communication, perform legislative outreach, and coordinate the activities of the judicial community with the state.
The meeting agenda will include updates from the California Judges Association, California Lawyers Association, the Judicial Council, and an informational panel on new technology in the courts. The meeting will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive in San Diego.
DEADLINE: August 8, 2018
Please RSVP using this link by Wednesday, August 8, 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura or Jenniffer at 916-323-3121 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Solo & Small Firm Section's (“SSF”) mission is to foster a supportive community for solo and small firm practitioners across all areas of practice, to guide our members on their path to becoming strong, competent and ethical solo and small firm business owners, and to recognize the accomplishments of solo and small firm professionals across the state.
For more information and details on future events, please go to here.
Solo & Small Firm Summit
SSF is working to bring back the Solo and Small Firm Summit in 2019. Please contact Summit Chair Cindy Elkins, Celkins@employer-law.com, if you have any questions, want to participate, or want to sponsor the event.
Attorney of the Year Award
The SSF presents its Attorney of the Year Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the legal profession, contributed to the betterment of the practice of law, and has devoted significant service to the public and legal community. This year's award will be presented at the Solo and Small Firm Reception at the California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting held on September 14, 2018 in San Diego.
On June 14, 2018, the Real Property Law Section hosted its third-annual Summer Soiree at the Loma Club in San Diego. This event was a huge success thanks to the hard work of our Executive Committee member, Tara Burd, and our generous sponsors. The evening offered libations ranging from wine tasting from South Coast Winery, whiskey tastings from Henebery, and gin and vodka tasting from You and Yours Distillery. Guests were entertained by guitarist Mark Fisher, and had the thrill of capturing the night with hilarious photobooth photos. Heather Rosing, President of CLA, spoke about her aspirations for CLA’s bright future, and Jim Hill, Chair of CLA, discussed the benefits of section membership and participation. This event was an excellent opportunity to make new connections in the real estate industry, and to re-connect with existing friends and colleagues.
Do you know a California lawyer who has significantly expanded legal services to the poor? How about a law firm or legal employer that has successfully promoted diversity in the legal profession?
CLA seeks nominations for two awards recognizing those achievements: the Loren Miller Legal Services Award and the Law Firm/Legal Employer Diversity Award. Nomination materials are due by August 17, 2018.
The Loren Miller Services Award is a lifetime achievement award given annually to a lawyer admitted to practice in California who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to, and success in, extending legal services to the poor. Established in 1977, this award is named after Loren Miller, an African-American lawyer, judge, and civil rights movement leader. Award criteria, nomination instructions, and a past recipient list can be viewed here.
The Law Firm/Legal Employwer Diversity Award is given to a legal employer that has demonstrated a sustained, long-term commitment to encouraging, increasing, and retaining diversity in the legal profession, with a specific focus on recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse attorneys. All types of legal employers are eligible, including private firms, government/public agencies, corporate law departments, and public interest law firms. Award criteria, nomination instructions, and a past recipient list can be viewed here.
The CLA recently assumed responsibility for selecting and awarding these and several other honors previously bestowed by the State Bar. Check here for the full roster of awards that CLA will be making in the coming years.
The California Lawyers Association values all members' contributions and ideas. Members will have an opportunity to give their input directly to the CLA’s Board on any topic related to the CLA at the Board’s September 13, 2018 meeting. There are three ways to participate:
We encourage all members to participate in the growth of CLA!
With the transition from the California State Bar to its new spot within California Lawyers Association, the California Young Lawyers Association (“CYLA”), has taken the opportunity to alter its membership requirements. Under the State Bar, CYLA was comprised of lawyers under the age of 36 or within their first five years of practice.
Now, membership in CYLA requires an attorney to be within their first eight years of practice. This subtle requirement change acknowledges that it takes time for an attorney to shift from being new to the practice of law to becoming a more experienced practitioner.
This shift also takes into account that it can take an attorney up to eight years to move, maneuver, and shift into an area of law that fits. CYLA knows from its own Board’s experience that it can take a few years to land in a position that feels right.
CYLA looks forward to embracing its membership, providing further opportunities for growth and change!
Michael R. Newman and Alexandra Darraby recently returned from Marseilles, France where they spoke at a conference sponsored by the Marseilles Bar Association. Their presentations were very well-received, and they also participated in signing a “Friendship Agreement” between the Marseilles Bar and the International Law Section (“ILS”). The Marseilles Bar will now be sending a delegation to the CLA Annual Conference in San Diego.
While in Marseilles, as guests of the Marseilles Bar Association, Alexandra and Michael also had an opportunity to meet with, among others, Didier Parakian, the Vice Mayor of Marseilles, and Caroline Pozmentier, Vice President of the Region Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur. Therese Keelaghan, a member of both the Marseilles and California bars as well as the ILS, was the person largely responsible for coordinating our presence at the conference. There was also an article on the event in the local newspaper.
Every month CLA will provide a program free of charge. This month's program is:
Law Practice for Sale: Strategies for Sellers and Buyers
Over the course of your legal career you've invested your time and talent in the growth of a successful law practice. Now, it's time to think seriously about retirement. Your law practice is a valuable asset; don't make the mistake of leaving it on the table. Learn what your practice is worth, how to locate a potential buyer, and how to negotiate a fair and balanced deal. Alternatively, you might be a younger lawyer seeking a bigger practice. You can grow your practice the old-fashioned way by doing good work and consistently networking, or take a more aggressive approach - jump-starting this process with the strategic acquisition of an existing book of business within your target market. Sell for security; buy for growth.
The State Bar of California invites members of the public, including licensed attorneys, to provide input as it undertakes a statutorily mandated study of issues related to legal malpractice insurance:
More information is available here.
On June 1, 2018, the California State Bar released instructions, FAQs, forms, and requirements for most active California attorneys to be re-fingerprinted under California Rule of Court 9.9.5, approved by the California Supreme Court. (You can read more about this here.)
The deadline for compliance with this requirement, before the penalty period begins, is April 30, 2019. Many local bar associations are planning to host events where California attorneys will have access to approved fingerprinting vendors.
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Monday, August 6, 2018: Litigation Law Section presents Webinar Replay: Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame: Closing Argument, participation by computer, 415-795-7186. [1.5 hours participatory MCLE credits]
Monday, August 13, 2018: Litigation Law Section presents Webinar Replay: Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Series: Voir Dire, participation by computer, 415-795-7186. [1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit; 1.5 hour legal specialization credit in Criminal Law]
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Criminal Law Section presents Webinar: Juvenile Practice Part 1: Basics, participation by computer, 415-767-5668. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Criminal Law]
Monday, August 20, 2018: Litigation Law Section presents Webinar Replay: Discovery Competence: Mobile Devices, participation by computer, 415-795-7186. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics]
Monday, August 20, 2018: Environmental Law Section presents Sea-Level Rise and the Law Conference, Milton Marks Auditorium, Hiram Johnson State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, 415-795-7105. [6 hours participatory MCLE credit]
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Criminal Law Section presents Webinar: Juvenile Practice Part 2: Duties, participation by computer, 415-767-5668. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Criminal Law]
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Litigation Law Section presents Webinar: Top Courts Tackle Labor & Employment in 2018: Top 5 Take Aways, participation by computer, 415-795-7108. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit]
Monday, August 27, 2018: Litigation Law Section presents Webinar Replay: Rule 3-110 and Substance Abuse: A Judicial Perspective, participation by computer, 415-795-7186. [1.5 hours participatory MCLE credits in Competency Issues]
Tuesday, August 28, 2018: Criminal Law Section presents Webinar: Juvenile Practice Part 3: Advocacy, participation by computer, 415-767-5668. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Criminal Law]
Wednesday, August 29, 2018: Intellectual Property Law Section presents Webinar: Alice Strolls Through the Wonderland of Trademark Monetary Recovery, participation by computer, 415-795-7104. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit]
To register, or for a complete list of upcoming events, click here.