CLA has recently completed its 10th month as an independent statewide voluntary Bar Association and we have accomplished so much. Our 16 well-established and hard-working Sections continue to put on sophisticated and cutting-edge programming. We recently held our first Annual Meeting in San Diego, utilizing the successful format employed by the State Bar for over 80 years. We are in the process of planning our first ever Small firm and Solo Summit, to be held in Huntington Beach in June 2019.
In addition to all of these activities, we have also established a new Department of Bar Relations and Collaboration, which will allow CLA to closely work with specialty, affinity, and Metropolitan Bar Associations across the state to promote joint programming, networking events, and advocacy. In Sacramento, our active Department of Governmental Affairs has given thoughtful input on legislative proposals and continues to offer CLA as a resource to lawmakers considering changes to substantive law areas. We are also building strong initiatives in the areas of civic education, access to justice and pro bono, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are very proud of what we have done in 10 months, and we have our terrific members to thank for all of the support and encouragement.
One of the key components to any successful Bar Association is a strong Executive Director. We are extremely fortunate to have had Pam Wilson serving as our Interim Executive Director this year. Under Ms. Wilson's leadership, we have built our infrastructure, signed a lease in Sacramento, and constructed a staffing plan, among many other accomplishments.
Our new Executive Director, Ona Dosunmu
Importantly, Ms. Dosunmu has embraced the vision to further expand and develop CLA for the benefit of our members, the profession, and the clients that we serve.
The CLA mission statement is to promote excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Ms. Dosunmu has quickly embraced this vision – and has the experience and motivation to help us realize it. With over 100,000 members, including our California Young Lawyers Association members, CLA is well-poised to be a leader on the national scene, and Ms. Dosunmu will be a critical player in making this happen. In addition to leading our staff, overseeing operations, and supporting our consistently strong educational offerings, Ms. Dosunmu will assist us in developing strong relationships and partnerships across the country. This will allow us to offer the maximum benefits to our members, in terms of resources, mentoring, leadership and service opportunities, discounts, CLEs and conferences, and much more.
As CLA continues to grow, we also welcome our new Associate Executive Director (formerly our Director of Operations) Tricia Horan, our Director of Governmental Affairs Saul Bercovitch, and our Director of Bar Collaboration and Special Initiatives Ellen Miller-Sharp. Our three Directors collectively bring many decades of deep experience to CLA. CLA is also seeking a new Director of Membership and Marketing. This job, as well as others, is posted
here. We ask that all members help us get the word out about these exciting opportunities.
Thank you for your membership in CLA. We continue to welcome your feedback on how we can best serve you. And I hope everyone will join me in welcoming Ms. Dosunmu to our fine Bar Association! I know we will see great things from her.
—Heather L. Rosing
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 12 noon1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12 noon1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 12 noon1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics
The last comprehensive revisions of the California Rules of Professional Conduct were effective in 1992, nearly 30 years ago. On May 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted substantial changes to the rules. The new rules went into effect on November 1, 2018.
The Rules Revision Commission, a group of 19 lawyers and judges and five non-voting advisors, was chaired by Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Presiding Justice of Division Three of the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
They were tasked to study existing rules and recommend their changes, specifically focusing on “revisions that (a) are necessary to address changes in law and (b) eliminate, when and if appropriate, unnecessary differences between California’s rules and the rules used by a preponderance of the states (in some cases in reliance on the American Bar Association’s Model Rules) in order to help promote a national standard with respect to professional responsibility issues whenever possible.”
In this three-part webinar, you will hear about selected revised rules from three members of the Commission -- highly qualified and respected members of the legal community. The rules on which the panel will focus have been chosen because of their broad application and interest to practitioners as well as the significance of changes from the existing rules.
Daniel E. Eaton is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a litigation partner at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek in San Diego. Dan is a longtime member of the Standing Committee on Discipline of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Heather L. Rosing is a Shareholder and Managing Partner of Klinedinst PC and a certified specialist in legal malpractice. She currently serves as President of the California Lawyers Association, the second largest voluntary Bar Association in the country.
Mark L. Tuft is Partner with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, principally engaged in professional liability, media law, civil and criminal litigation in federal and state courts. He is also a certified specialist in legal malpractice law.
Beginning early 2019, CLA members will receive access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system. This member benefit will be included as a complimentary resource for all members of at least one paid CLA Section.
CLA’s leadership team has evaluated potential partners to provide benefits for its members and determined that a partnership with Fastcase, with its leading research libraries, analytics, sorting tools, and visualization options, is the best option for offering legal research to its members.
“At CLA, one of our primary goals is to provide a wide variety of resources to attorneys in California, to allow their practices to thrive and their clients to receive the highest quality legal services,” said Heather Rosing, CLA’s President. “We are proud of what we have accomplished during our inaugural year in terms of benefits for the legal community. Coming in year two, we are excited about our new partnership with Fastcase that will allow our members free access to online legal research and more.”
CLA members will receive access to the nation’s most comprehensive legal research services for free – a service that would otherwise cost lawyers and law firms thousands of dollars each year. The research benefit includes unlimited research, printing, webinar training, and reference support; it is not restricted by time or number of transactions. The service also includes unlimited, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from reference attorneys on the Fastcase team.
The subscription is a comprehensive nationwide law library available online anytime, anywhere. Members will be able to access Fastcase through the CLA website at www.calawyers.org where they will be able to log in with their bar username and password beginning early 2019.
The new member benefit provides access to Fastcase’s extensive legal library of case law from all state and federal courts, statutes and regulations from all 50 states and the federal government. The service also includes Fastcase’s industry-leading advanced technology to make legal research smarter and easier, including its mobile apps, patented Interactive Timeline to visualize search results, “Forecite” to suggest cases you missed, and Bad Law Bot, the first big data service to identify negative citations to judicial opinions.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Intellectual Property Law Sectionpresents Webinar: #AllYouNeedToKnow to Solve Social Media Pains in China, participation by computer, 415-795-7104. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit]
Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Litigation Law Section presents Webinar: The Art of Mediating Employment Law Cases, participation by computer, 415-795-7108. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit]
Thursday, November 15, 2018: Business Law Section presents Business Law Recent Developments, University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, Xavier Auditorium, 2497 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 [3 hours MCLE credit]
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