The Sections offer members a greater voice in the programs of the CLA and up-to-date information on developments in particular fields of law.
As of January 1, 2018, the Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association are no longer a part of The State Bar of California, but an independent non-profit organization, However, we do still have a relationship with the State Bar. For example, you will still be asked if you wish to remain a Section member on your bar dues statement. (We urge you stay involved!)
The State Bar and California Lawyers Association (CLA) need your help: We are seeking qualified, diverse volunteers for the State Bar’s Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) Commission and the JNE Review Committee.
By law, the California governor must submit the names of all potential judicial appointees or nominees to the JNE Commission. The Commission will gather information about the candidates and conduct a confidential evaluation of their judicial qualifications. In evaluating the candidates, the Commission functions independently of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar. The Commission reports findings to the governor within a 90-day timeframe after submission.
Available for purchase now in the Sections Bookstore.
Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. It picks up where The California Guide to Opening a Law Office left off, exploring challenges of growing a law practice in detail.
This the companion volume to The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office, described below.
See the Sections Bookstore for more details.
As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office is your personal executive team:
For a full list of upcoming CLE programs, see the CLE Calendar.
The Sections offer ongoing opportuntities for continuing legal education credit:
Online CLE for Participatory Credit: It's fast, it's easy, it's relevant, and it’s time! View Sections programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Our catalog contains hundreds of hours of individual seminars, including programs offering CLE in the the areas of Legal Ethics, Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, and Competence Issues. Seminars are created by California attorneys for California attorneys. For a complete catalog of courses, click HERE.
Online articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. For more information, see our online catalog of articles.
In addition to our regular publications such as journals and other member benefits, the Sections also publish materials available for sale to all lawyers and the general public. The bookstore includes publications by the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, the Business Law, the Intellectual Property Law Section, the Litigation Section, the Real Property Law Section, the Trusts and Estates Section, and more. For more information, see Sections Bookstore.
The California Lawyers Association is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.