Welcome to the California Lawyers Association (CLA), and the first Business Law Section eNewsletter under the CLA banner. On January 1, 2018, the State Bar of California’s 16 voluntary Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) separated from the State Bar and formed the CLA (http://CAlawyers.org). The BLS is proud to be among the founding Sections, and looks forward to helping to build a member-centered, forward thinking association of California attorneys. READ MORE
It is with great pleasure that we write to you to further announce the official kickoff of the California Lawyers Association and share information about our new officers, our staff, the upcoming Annual Meeting, and the new CLA committee structure. We look forward to collaborating with each of you to launch what is already the second largest Bar Association the country (after the ABA). This is an exciting and historic time, as we build CLA into the premier organization of attorneys in the Country.
On behalf of California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), I am excited and honored to have this opportunity to speak to the entire Business Law Section community.
Many of you are already familiar with CMCP and our mission of supporting minority business attorneys. For all, I welcome you to engage with CMCP and add your ideas and participation as we develop opportunities for BLS and CMCP to collaborate.
Courtesy of CEB, we are bringing you selected legal developments in areas of California business law that are covered by CEB’s publications. This month’s feature is from the December 2017 update to Forming and Operating California Limited Liability Companies. References are to the book’s section numbers. See CEB’s BLS Landing Page for special discounts for Business Law Section members. The most significant legal developments since the last update include developments in such important topic areas as treatment of job applicants with criminal histories, equal pay, arbitration issues, immigration issues, choice of forum and choice of law clauses, unlawful workplace policies, and union activities. Read More
The 15 BLS Standing Committees publish eBulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. Click HERE to sign up to receive these eBulletins from any BLS Standing Committee completely free of charge.
Help a Victim of Domestic Violence
The Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) is looking for attorneys to volunteer one hour per month at the WLALA SOJOURN LEGAL CLINC. The free clinic is open every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and volunteers are asked to commit to attend at least once per month. The clinic is hosted by Sojourn, which is a provider of services to victims of domestic violence, and is held in Santa Monica, California. Attorneys who volunteer at the clinic each week are there to answer legal questions but do not represent clients.
The vast majority of WLALA SOJOURN CLINIC attendees need assistance with obtaining or maintaining a restraining order and are enmeshed in family court issues – divorce, custody, restraining orders, etc. Many have basic questions about the court process, what is appropriate to say to a judge, and how to prepare for a hearing. A few come with questions about criminal court issues, and a few are struggling with Dependency Court. Occasionally, attorneys are asked about landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, small claims, etc. The clinic provides an extensive guide on the basics of family law for volunteers as well as periodic trainings for volunteers. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of other opportunities for pro bono help from BLS members, please contact Dennis Wickham, email@example.com.
We all know that social media can help drive new business. Did you know that the BLS maintains a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook where it posts regular updates about new cases, new regulations, key legislative developments, and news and events from the BLS’s Standing Committees? What you may not know is that you can not only send items to the BLS to post or tweet, but also suggest items from your own social media pages for the BLS to re-post, re-tweet, or like. Doing so expands the reach of what you have to say to everyone who likes or follows the BLS on its various social media platforms, and may result in the BLS following you! Please submit your suggested items for consideration or direct any questions to BLS Social Media Coordinator, Dennis J. Wickham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and join the ever expanding discussion!
Standing Committees continue to accept applications to fill vacant seats. Practitioners and other legal professionals who are members of the BLS and who have at least five years of experience are eligible to apply. Membership on a committee affords unique opportunities to participate in the creation of law in your practice area, to get to know and be known by other practitioners, to work with the recognized leaders in your field, and to stay on the cutting edge of developments and practice techniques. Membership is a rewarding experience that keeps one ahead of, and in touch with, business law developments. Most committees meet once a month, often by phone. A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found HERE.
The BLS achieves its goals through the work of its 15 Standing Committees. You are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of any BLS Standing Committees (see below for meeting dates). These monthly meetings provide attendees an excellent opportunity to chat with committee members and other lawyers with a similar expertise. Some committees even offer free MCLE credit! Please see the contact person listed below to RSVP or request more information. Follow us on Twitter @CLABusinessLaw. Use a Standing Committee’s hashtag to search for tweets by that committee in its designated field and to re-tweet.
For a list of upcoming meeting dates and contact persons, click here.
Business Law Section
California Lawyers Association
180 Howard Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639