2024 Annual Meeting

2024 Annual Meeting Schedule

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Thursday, September 5, 2024

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | CLA Board Meeting

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | CLA & CLF Joint Session

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | CLF Board Meeting

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Evening Reception for the California Lawyers Association and California Lawyers Foundation

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Networking at the Bar!

Arriving early for your Section meetings on Friday? Join us for an impromptu meet-up at Coastal Manor in the San Jose Marriott Hotel with hosted appetizers. 

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Friday, September 6, 2024

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. | Wellness Exercise

Wellness Exercise open to all attendees.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Registration Open

Section and Committee Meetings Commence. Please confer with your CLA Section Manager and Executive Committee Chair for details on your Section’s activities.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Civics Engagement Community Outreach Program and Luncheon

5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Sections Convene for their Awards Receptions and Dinners

Please confer with your CLA Section Manager and Executive Committee Chair for details on your Section’s activities.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Dine Around & Evening Activity

More details to come. On-site, please check in with staff at the CLA registration desk.

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Saturday, September 7, 2024

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.| Registration Open

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Networking Breakfast & Opening General Session: How to Become a Judge Mentoring Program.

Sponsored by California Judges Association

0.75 Hours MCLE Credit

If you aspire to serve California’s judiciary, listen and learn from Judicial Appointments Secretary Luis Céspedes who will discuss the California Judicial Mentor Program.  He will be joined by CJMP Chair Judge Lucy Armendariz and CJMP Chair Emeritus Judge Paul Bacigalupo, Ret. as they explain how the mentor program works to demystify the judicial application process and how a judicial mentor can guide you to achieve your professional goals.

Speakers:

  • Secretary Luis Céspedes, Judicial Appointments Secretary, Office of the Governor 
  • Hon. Lucy Armendariz, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Hon. Paul Bacigalupo, ADR Services, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret.)

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Walk to Signia by Hilton Hotel

Adjourn for a walk to Signia by Hilton Hotel: Location for California Judges Association Annual Meeting.

See here for directions.
Signia by Hilton San Jose
170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-1900

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Profession: Trends, Implications, and Ethical Considerations

Hosted by CJA at Signia by Hilton

1.25 Technology in the Practice of Law Credit

This presentation will cover the fundamental concepts of Artificial Intelligence along with the latest advancements in AI technologies and their applications, the current legal landscape surrounding AI including the integration and potential of AI in judicial processes, the practical implications, and challenges of AI in legal practices, and the ethical considerations surrounding AI use in the legal profession. It will highlight trends, implications, and ethical frameworks tailored to a diverse audience presented by a technology expert, a judge with AI expertise in court processes, an attorney leading the CLA’s task force on AI, and an ethics specialist.

Speakers:

Judge Scott Schlegel
Judge Scott Schlegel
Jeremy Evans
Jeremy Evans
Shay Cleary
Shay Cleary
Erika Doherty
Erika Doherty
Judge Jacqui Duong
Judge Jacqui Duong

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | California Judges Association and California Lawyers Association Annual Joint Swearing-in Ceremony

Hosted by CJA at Signia by Hilton.

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Return to the San Jose Marriott

Adjourn and return to the San Jose Marriott

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | General Session: CLA Orientation & Luncheon

Inaugural State of the Association Address by CEO, Chris Nguyen with a presentation by IT Director, Mike Fury on the new AMS and Community Platform features; and a presentation by President Betty Williams on Being an Effective Leader.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Panel Discussions with California Lawyers Association (CLA) Committee Leaders

Hear from CLA staff and volunteer leaders on the achievements of the CLA’s committees in the past year, what we have been working toward, and how you can get more involved. The program will feature the Government Affairs, Health and Wellness, Ethics, DEI, RJC, and Membership Engagement Committees, as well as an update on CLA’s participation with the ABA and the California Lawyers Foundation.

Moderated by CLA Board Chair, Tara Burd

Tara Burd
Tara Burd

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | CLA Leadership Roundtables & Breakout Sessions

Join our roundtables for two rounds of brainstorming and best-idea share. This programming is targeted to our CLA Leaders, which includes all CLA Section and Committee Officers, Executive Committee Members, Advisors, and all other CLA Committee and Section members and those interested in becoming a CLA Leader.  Take notes of ideas and action items to share with the room, CLA, and your Sections!

2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. | Leadership Breakouts – Round One

Leadership Skills

Discussion led by CLA President Betty Williams, directed to Section Chairs, Vice Chairs, Chairs-Elect and others interested in becoming a CLA leader, to engage in exercises and discussions focused on strengthening leadership skills.

Betty Williams
Betty Williams
Section and CLA Finances

Discussion led by Finance and Operations Director, Rich Mize and volunteers, directed towards Section Treasurers and any volunteers interested in discussing, learning, and providing feedback on CLA’s Section and Community finances, and discussing ideas for non-dues revenue for CLA and Sections.

Section Marketing

Discussion led by CLA Staff, to hear from volunteers as to their unique marketing goals and needs, as well as share how the CLA staff currently handles marketing events and best practices for Sections to supplement CLA’s efforts.

New Lawyers Outreach and Recruitment

Discussion led by Vice President Sabrina Green focusing on how all sections can benefit from liaising with the New Lawyers Section, best practices of existing Sections’ NLS Liaisons relationships, how to best support new lawyers, and how to best recruit new lawyers including collaborating on law school outreach initiatives.

Programming and Cross-Section Collaboration

Discussion led by section volunteers to discuss ideas for programming, with an emphasis on cross-section and CLA-wide collaboration.

CLA Sections Leadership Roundtables & Breakout Sessions (continued)
2:55 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Leadership Breakouts – Round Two

Section and CLA Finances

Discussion led by Finance and Operations Director, Rich Mize and volunteers, directed towards Section Treasurers and any volunteers interested in discussing and providing feedback on CLA’s Section and Community finances, and discussing ideas for non-dues revenue for CLA and Sections.

Section Marketing

Discussion led by CLA Staff, to hear from volunteers as to their marketing goals and needs, as well as share how the CLA staff currently handles marketing events and best practices for Sections to supplement CLA’s efforts.

Collaboration with Outside Organizations

Discussions concerning how to broaden your Section’s network with diversity bar associations and non-attorney organizations.

Membership Engagement and Growth

Brainstorming about what CLA can do better or differently to better serve and grow our membership. This includes understanding CLA’s available data, analytics, and reporting, exchanging ideas and requests from CLA Staff to best support Section growth, developing CLA-wide and Section-specific Membership Maps, and sharing best practices among Sections.

Women (Womxn) in Leadership

0.75 Hours Recognition and Elimination of Bias

Join women leaders to discuss current challenges in the practice of law, potential solutions, work-life balance recommendations, and other topics that may evolve.

Annual Meeting 2025 and Other CLA-Wide Programming

Discussions concerning what the volunteers would like to see as part of the CLA-Wide Programming in 2025 and beyond.

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | A Conversation with Affinity Bar Leaders re: The Future of DEI In the Aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in the Affirmative Action Cases

Please join us for a panel discussion with the leaders of several of the largest affinity bar associations in California regarding the future of Diversity Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Affirmative Action cases.  The all-star panel, which will be moderated by CLA Vice Chair & CLA Racial Justice Committee Co-Chair, Terrance J. Evans, will provide insights and strategies for navigating DEI in a changing legal landscape.  Attendees who are members of the California Bar will earn 1.25 hours of Implicit Bias/Bias-Reducing Strategies MCLE credit.  We hope to see you there!

Terrance J. Evans




Terrance J. Evans

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Soiree Hosted Reception

Everyone is welcome to participate in this free one-hour hosted reception. No tickets required.

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Soiree Dinner and Annual Awards Recognition Presentation

The California Lawyers Association and the California Judges Association present an evening Soiree Dinner & hosted reception and Annual Awards Recognition Presentation. Cocktail Attire is encouraged. This is a ticketed event. Register Here.

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Agenda at a Glance

Thursday,
September 5

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     
CLA Board Meeting  
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
CLA & CLF Joint Session
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CLF Board Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Evening Reception for CLA and CLF
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Networking at the Bar!

Friday,
September 6

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Wellness Exercise
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Section and Committee Meetings Commence
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Civics Engagement Community Outreach Program and Luncheon
5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sections Convene for their Awards Receptions and Dinners
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   
Optional Dine Around and
Optional Evening Activity

Saturday,
September 7

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration Open
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Networking Breakfast and Opening General Session: How to Become a Judge Mentoring Program
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.       
Adjourn for a walk to Signia by Hilton Hotel
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Profession: Trends, Implications, and Ethical Considerations
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
California Judges Association and California Lawyers Association Annual Joint Swearing-in Ceremony
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Adjourn and Return to the San Jose Marriott
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
General Session: CLA Orientation & Luncheon
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Panel Discussions with California Lawyers Association Committee Leaders
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.       
CLA Leadership Roundtables & Breakout Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Leadership Breakouts – Round One
2:55 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Leadership Breakouts – Round Two
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.    
A Conversation with Affinity Bar Leaders: The Future of DEI In the Aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in the Affirmative Action Cases
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Soiree Hosted Reception
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   
Evening Soiree Dinner and Annual Awards Recognition Presentation

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