Dear CLA Members, The California Lawyers Association continues to grow and explore new ways of serving our ever-increasing membership. Our leadership team is committed to spearheading these efforts, drawing on our individual expertise and experience with the Sections. Meet the members below. I, Heather Rosing, am proud to serve as the inaugural President of the CLA. Additionally, I serve as the Chairperson of the Professional Liability Department, Chief Financial Officer, and a Shareholder at Klinedinst, where I specialize in malpractice, fraud cases, and D&O matters—and also advise in the areas of ethics and risk management.
Emilio Varanini currently serves as our Vice President, having previously held the role of Vice-Chair of the International Law Section. Aside from the CLA, Emilio co-chairs the Health Care Working Group within the Antitrust Task Force at the National Association of Attorneys General; is a member of the International Task Force on the Section of Antitrust Law at the American Bar Association; and serves in the Antitrust Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. James Hill is the Chair of the CLA Board of Representatives. He also serves as the CLA Board Representative of the Business Law Section, which he chaired prior to the transition from the State Bar of California. James is a founding member of Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, and practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, and commercial law. Howard “Chip” Wilkins serves as the Vice Chair of the CLA Board of Representatives. He is also an advisor to the Environmental Law Section Executive Committee and Representative to the Board of Directors. As a partner at Remy Moore Manley LLP, Chip specializes in environmental law and land use. Lee Berger serves as the Secretary of the CLA, and is the CLA Board Representative of the Antitrust, UCL, and Privacy Sections. He is also a trial attorney in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Betty Williams is the Treasurer of the CLA, as well as the Chair of the Investment and Budget & Finance committees. Betty is a Managing Shareholder of the Law Office of Williams & Associates, and specializes in tax law. We are thoroughly dedicated to the professional advancement of all California attorneys—and believe our collective experience has equipped us with the skills and knowledge to steer our new organization in a vibrant, productive direction. Have a question or comment for our leadership team? We are always available to address your inquiries and feedback. Email us at http://calawyers.org/About-CLA/Board-of-Directors.
Heather Linn Rosing
California Lawyers Association
Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10, 2018: The
Workers' Compensation Section presents
Summer Litigation Boot Camp,
at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport, 6225 W Century Blvd,
Los Angeles. [8.5 hours participatory MCLE credit; 8.5 hours legal
specialization credit in Workers' Comp]
Thursday, June 14, 2018: The Real Property Section presents the Real Property Summer
Soiree. The third annual Summer Soiree will be held at the Loma Club in
San Diego. This highly anticipated event unites real property professionals in
an unforgettable evening of power networking.
Friday, June 22, 2018: Member comments invited at the
CLA Board Meeting: 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 June 22, 2018 meeting. There are three ways
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Educational Programs, Events, and Opportunities to Network: The BLS offers a variety of opportunities to forge lifelong social and professional relationships, through membership on the BLS Executive Committee and individual standing committees, or attendance at its numerous programs and events. This past year, the BLS hosted its annual award breakfast and an evening networking reception at the Sections Convention of 2017 in San Diego. Examples of other events hosted by standing committees include the Insolvency Law Committee’s business development reception at the California Bankruptcy Forum’s annual conference; as well as the Insurance Law Committee’s “Recent Developments in Insurance Legislation” lunch with Mark Rakich, Chief Consultant to the Assembly Insurance Committee, and Hugh Slayden, Consultant to the Senate Committee on Insurance.
BLS Publications: The BLS publishes the Business Law News, a quarterly journal providing articles on cutting-edge issues affecting the practice of business law in California. The BLS also sends more than 400 short articles via its eNewsletter and eBulletins. The publications cover newly-signed legislation, book reviews, profiles of judges and thought leaders, and other topics that may be of interest to business law practitioners.
Actions on Legislation.BLS members have expertise in most business law sub-specialties, which they gladly utilize to comment on pending legislation and to draft Affirmative Legislative Proposals (ALPs).BLS ALPs have been codified into California law on numerous occasions.
Practice Guides: Many of our standing committees have published or are in the process of drafting practice guides that are widely relied upon by California practitioners, including the Corporation Law Committee’s Handbook to Incorporating Businesses in California and Securities Law Guide; the Opinions Committee’s Updated Compilation of California Opinion and Sample Opinions; and the Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies’ Guide to Owning and Operating Limited Partnerships in California.
Diversity: BLS is working with the California Minority Counsel Program to promote diversity in the legal profession and, specifically, at the BLS.
Are you looking to get involved with the BLS, help organize events, or contribute to one of our publications? Visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
CLA will hold its inaugural Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego from Friday, September 14 to Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Sheraton San Diego Harbor Island.
The event will be similar in format and content to the State Bar of California’s former Annual Meetings and to the Sections Convention of 2017. It will offer two full days of high-quality continuing legal education programs, networking events and the opportunity to hear from some of the most distinguished attorneys and jurists in California. Enjoy a conversation with Justice Kathryn Werdegar (now retired) about her life story and her twenty-three years of service on the California Supreme Court. Over breakfast, engage in an interactive dialogue with CLA’s leadership: ask your questions and get the full scoop on this formidable new association! Attend the famed Morrison Lecture. Mingle with the brightest legal minds in our state.
You will also have the opportunity to attend many of the events formerly presented at the State Bar's Annual Meeting, including the California Women Lawyers Annual Dinner and the Conference of California Bar Association’s gala reception. We will also kick off brand new events, including a special reception for the California Young Lawyers Association.
Mark your calendars for this dynamic gathering and visit the CLA website for more information as it becomes available. You won't want to miss this opportunity to help shape the future for all California attorneys!
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 June 22, 2018 meeting. There are three ways to participate:
We encourage all members to participate in the growth of the CLA!
We have a special offer announcement, courtesy of our friends at CEB! CLA members are eligible for a 10% discount on purchases of many CEB books and OnLAW titles and all OnLAW Libraries. To take advantage of this special offer, visit the CEB website or call 1-800-232-3444, and use the priority code 9553Z. (Please note, this special offer does not apply to updates, annual publications, outstanding invoices, or monthly payment plans. OnLAW offers are good for one time only, and discounts may not be combined.)
As a nonprofit program of the University of California, CEB shares the CLA’s commitment to the professional advancement of attorneys across the state. We are very thankful for CEB’s support of our members!
New Rules of Professional Conduct
The California Supreme Court approved new Rules of Professional Conduct last month, for the first time in 29 years. The nearly 70 new rules will take effect Nov. 1, 2018, and are largely aimed at protecting the public. You can read details here. In the meantime, the current rules will remain in effect. The Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California approved the proposed new rules in March 2017.
Attorney Re-Fingerprinting Order
Most active California attorneys will need to submit new fingerprints, in compliance with a California Rule of Court that took effect June 1, 2018. The State Bar has released detailed information and started notifying lawyers by email, and will continue on a rolling basis through early August—however, any attorney can undergo the re-fingerprinting process at any time, even if they have not yet received a notification: Simply log into your State Bar profile to get started. Attorneys must submit new fingerprints by April 30, 2019 to avoid penalty. Re-fingerprinting will enable the State Bar to access criminal record information, pursuant to state law.
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