By Heather L. Rosing, CLA President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jim Hill, CLA Chairman of the Board (email@example.com)
For decades, bar associations have filled important roles in legal and judicial arenas. Continuing with this tradition, the CLA, as the newest statewide voluntary bar association in the nation—second in size only to the venerable American Bar Association—has crafted a mission statement that reflects our goals and aspirations: We are committed to promoting excellence, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law.
Now, let us give you a few specific examples of how we are achieving our collective vision for the CLA and our nearly 100,000 members (and looking to add more).
The lawyers of California need a voice, and the CLA is committed to being that voice. We have developed a variety of strong relationships with key statewide stakeholders, regional and affinity bar associations, and legal service organizations. Together, we are committed to working collaboratively with them on common legislative agendas in support of the judiciary and to expand access to legal services. The 16 Sections, which are the foundation of the CLA, have a long and rich history of lending their expertise on legal and procedural issues at the state and federal levels: Accordingly, the CLA has established a robust governmental affairs department, with volunteers and staff working every day to identify issues of importance to lawyers and the clients they serve, and to vet them in a thoughtful and responsible manner. It is the goal of the CLA to continue to be an invaluable resource to the legislature, the governor, and the judiciary so that we can continue to enact and improve laws to better facilitate justice and enable lawyers and judges to do their jobs effectively on a day-to-day basis.
The California Young Lawyers Association is an integral part of the CLA, now redefined to include California lawyers with eight years or less in practice. There are few things more important to the improvement of the legal profession and the protection of the public than supporting and training our newest lawyers, so that they achieve not only competency, but excellence in their practice. The CLA is working with its new lawyer leaders to develop a strong governance structure for the CYLA that will allow them to become involved earlier in the work of the Sections. By encouraging and fostering mentorship, we will be able to ensure the highest quality of legal services for the people of California.
One of the core goals of the CLA is to provide sophisticated, cutting-edge continuing education programs for attorneys across the state, at little to no cost. The Sections have decades of experience in developing these types of programs, all of which will continue under the mantle of the CLA for the benefit of the association and its members. As the CLA upgrades and redesigns its website, it will provide even more convenient ways for members to access critical educational programming online. At our upcoming Annual Meeting in San Diego (September 14–15, 2018), the CLA will offer 48 separate educational tracks focused on more than 16 areas of substantive law. Additionally, the Sections will continue to provide live and online educational programs throughout the year, including our three-part webinar series on the new California Rules of Professional Responsibility going into effect November 2018. Later, in the summer of 2019, the CLA will host our first-ever Solo and Small Firm Summit, focused on providing a variety of exceptional resources and programming to the largest attorney demographic group in the state.
The CLA is also thrilled to offer ever-expanding networking opportunities to its members, to help build rewarding relationships and the exchange of skills and ideas. In early 2019, the CLA is extremely excited to move its headquarters to Sacramento, with our own meeting space for CLA members, Section programming, and receptions. The Annual Meeting in September similarly will feature a variety of events and opportunities for member networking.
Finally, as part of our launch phase, we are doing a nationwide search for a permanent Executive Director. Our CLA staff—currently located in our subleased State Bar offices in San Francisco—has done a terrific job getting us up and running, and we look forward to welcoming our permanent Executive Director by the time of our Annual Meeting in September 2018.
So much is going on, and more is yet to come. We need your help in getting the word out about the CLA, the Sections, and our many initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to join us, and especially consider volunteering to serve on any of a number of committees and in our many activities. We also welcome all feedback from our members, so please reach out to us at any time with your ideas about how we can best serve you and all other attorneys in the great State of California. With your help, we will be THE Bar Association for all California lawyers.
This month, the Litigation Section is running the 17th Annual Law Suits Statewide Clothing Drive. Throughout July, drop off your gently used business suits (men’s or women’s) at any Men’s Wearhouse in California. Shirts and blouses, slacks and skirts, ties, and belts and shoes—in good condition—are also urgently needed. All clothing will be donated to Working Wardrobes for a New Start and other nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping adults in crisis get back to work. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation and a coupon for 50% off the regular price of all items on your next Men’s Wearhouse purchase. More details here.
Thursday, July 12, 2018: California Lawyers Association presents Webinar: The Revised Rules of Professional Conduct - What’s New, What’s Not, and How It Will Affect Your Practice Part Three: Lawyer Dealings with Non-Client Third Parties participation by computer, 415-795-7029. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics]
Thursday, July 12, 2018: The Labor & Employment Section presents the 8th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles. [6.75 hours participatory MCLE credit]
Thursday, July 26, 2018: Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section presents Will Apple’s App Store Lead to the end of Illinois Brick?, at United States District Court, Ceremonial Courtroom, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit]
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Dear Members of the California Lawyers Association,
Body cameras, video surveillance, personal cell phones, social media: The exploding growth and innovation of these tools translate to exponential growth in digital evidence and prompt questions on how to manage it. As such, the judicial branch would like your input on this growing area of court business.
The Judicial Council Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) has formed a Digital Evidence Workstream. It is focused on investigating, assessing, and reporting on business practices, technical standards, statutes, and rules related to digital evidence. With respect to our justice partners, the workstream is charged with and very interested in gathering information on any standards, best practices, and challenges related to submitting digital evidence to the courts. The purpose of the survey is to inform the workstream in their development of rules, policies, and guidance in this growing area of court business.
To that end, we are asking you, as a primary source of digital evidence, to respond to a set of questions. The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCLSQG3.
Our survey findings will be reported in aggregate and will not identify individuals or organizations. We are asking for contact information so that we can follow up if so indicated by your answers.
We know your time is valuable and limited, and appreciate the support of all partners. We encourage you to participate even if you have limited experience with digital evidence, so that we can have as much information as possible to inform our recommendations. Please respond to the survey by Friday, June 29 at 5 p.m.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
From the dissemination of information, to the promotion of organization-wide events, to interactive online discussions and networking, CLA’s social media platforms will help the organization to grow and thrive. CLA as an umbrella organization, each Section and CYLA have its own Twitter account, Facebook page and LinkedIn Group.
Here's what you can do:
Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to ensure that you are following from your personal accounts all pages relevant to your CLA involvement. See table below.
In particular, we’d like to highlight that each Section now has its own LinkedIn Group. We hope these groups will be a place where you can gather and share valuable information as well as network with each other.
California Lawyers Association
California Young Lawyers Association
Antitrust, UCL and Privacy
Intellectual Property Law
Labor and Employment Law
Law Practice Management and Technology
Real Property Law
Solo and Small Firm
Trusts and Estates
We greatly appreciate your helping to make CLA the bar association for all California lawyers.
The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is soliciting applications for the position of its inaugural Executive Director. The CLA, came into existence in January 2018; emerging from enabling legislation as the second largest voluntary bar association in the country, second only to the American Bar Association. Initially the CLA consists of all of the 16 Sections (about 50,000 members) and the California Young Lawyers Association (almost 50,000 members), which were formerly part of the State Bar of California. More information about the CLA can be found on its website, at https://calawyers.org. The immediate task of the Executive Director will be to work with CLA leadership to mold CLA infrastructure and staff to create a foundation for a superior member-focused voluntary bar association.
As the CLA is, on the one hand, the second largest voluntary bar association in the country, and on the other, a “start up” organization, this unique opportunity requires the successful candidate to be entrepreneurial, resourceful and creative as well as possessing background knowledge of structures, dynamics and issues facing organizations of lawyers. The CLA is at its core an organization serving its Sections and its Sections’ members. Accordingly, the Executive Director must have a deep understanding of the legal profession - its evolution and current and future challenges.
The Executive Director will oversee the CLA’s staff operation at the organization’s new headquarters in Sacramento, California and will be responsible for leading, managing and executing the affairs of the Association as directed by CLA’s leadership and implementing its policies to the overall benefit of the organization, its constituent entities and members.
In addition to having experience managing staffs and budgets, the Executive Director should be an adept communicator, comfortable with the responsibility of providing information to leadership as well as effectively representing the CLA to external audiences when called upon to do so. Preferred qualifications and the complete job description for this position can be reviewed by clicking here.
Indications of interest, inquiries, applications and nominations should be directed by email to:
Barbara Mendel Mayden
Young Mayden, LLC
The California Lawyers Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Two Ways to Request Ethics Advice
Attorneys seeking ethical advice from the State Bar used to have one option: calling the Ethics Hotline. Now, they have a second: completing an online form to request a call back.
The Ethics Hotline is a confidential way for California attorneys to receive guidance on their professional responsibilities. Attorneys can either call 800-238-4427 (800-2-ETHICS) within California or 415-538-2150 from outside of the state; or complete the online Call Request Form. State Bar staff will return the call between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (PST), Monday through Friday, in the order they received the request (typically within one business day). Attorneys needing immediate help with an urgent matter, or with a question about the unauthorized practice of law, should not use the Call Request Form—instead, they should call the Ethics Hotline and let the reception know about their pressing inquiry. All conversations are anonymous, and callers can use a pseudonym and set up an appointment for a return call if they do not wish to use their phone number. State Bar staff are not allowed to give legal advice, but can help attorneys with their professional responsibility questions.
Resources Now Available on New Rules of Professional Conduct
The new Rules of Professional Conduct (effective on November 1, 2018) were approved by the Supreme Court on May 10, 2018 by Supreme Court Administrative Order 2018-05-09. The current Rules remain in effect until November 1, 2018.
The State Bar has released special resources pertaining to the new rules of profession conduct. For more information visit here.
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