Welcome to California Lawyers Association, the new home of the former Sections of the State Bar and California Young Lawyers Association. We’ve hit the ground running since CLA officially launched at the beginning of this year as an independent bar association—and with nearly 100,000 members, we’re the nation’s second-largest (only behind the American Bar Association). We aim to serve all California attorneys, and uphold our mission of promoting excellence, encouraging diversity and inclusion, and ensuring fairness in the administration of justice and rule of law.
I’m honored to serve as CLA’s first President, and lead an incredible staff and hundreds of volunteers who are working hard to expand our programming, publications, and resources. We’ll soon debut a new website for members, with proprietary resources such as legal reports, opinions, and practice guides. We’re also fostering key relationships across California and in the State Capitol, exploring new initiatives, and expanding our vision for CLA membership.
Together, we will propel CLA to greatness and build our future as the bar association for all California lawyers. If you have any suggestions for how we can best serve our members, contact us at ideas@CAlawyers.org. You can also reach CLA through its various Board members and Section Executive Committee members, whose contact information can be found on our website. We look forward to working with each and every one of you.
Heather Linn Rosing
California Lawyers Association
Thursday, May 10, 2018: Business Law Section presents Webinar: Forming a Corporation, LLC or Partnership in California – Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls, participation by computer, 415-795-3347. [1 hour participatory MCLE credit; 1 hour legal specialization credit in Bankruptcy Law]
Monday, May 14, 2018: Tax Law Section presents Fifth Annual Young Tax Lawyers Conference Education, University of San Francisco School of Law, 415-795-7187. [3 hours participatory MCLE credit and legal specialization credit in Taxation Law]
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Of the nearly 100,000 Section members, about 1,800 people sign up to join the Public Law Section every year. Many more, however, probably have no idea what public law is or what the Public Law Section does.
Public law is not grounded solely in torts, real property, antitrust, family law, or environmental law—but can touch upon all of those subjects and more. Public law includes government attorneys, but also involves private attorneys who represent those agencies on a contractual basis, as well as the law firms which represent private clients in front of public agencies.
The Public Law Section provides an educational forum for practitioners interested in these agencies. The Public Law Section puts on two conferences per year, publishes a bi-annual journal, hosts educational webinars, holds a student writing competition, and honors a public law practitioner with the distinguished Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year award.
In the fall, we will be hosting a Law Enforcement Use of Force Conference at UC Berkeley—keynoted by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky—focusing on one of the most controversial areas in public law. On April 27, the Public Law Section hosted its ever-popular Open Meetings and Public Records Act Conference at the UCLA School of Law, alongside the Litigation, Environmental, and Labor Law Sections, discussing how governing bodies can meet and vote in public and what constitutes a public record.
In our Public Law Journal, we try to touch on almost every topic a lawyer can practice in, and cross over into the subject matters of the 15 other CLA Sections. For example, the latest issue featured articles on planning and development law and the infamous Goat Hill Tavern case; the state tidelands trust doctrine; vacation rental regulations; and landslide insurance.
The Executive Committee of the Public Law Section of CLA is led by our chair, Ryan Baron. He is Of Counsel at Best Best & Krieger LLP, specializing in administrative law and transactional work with an emphasis in energy, environmental, infrastructure, and public agency governance. Ryan can be reach at email@example.com or 949-263-6568.
If you are interested in exposure to a breadth of subject matter and have clients in government agencies (or those who are regulated by a government agency), the Public Law Section will provide you with an educational outlet not found in other forums. For more information about the Public Law Section visit http://calawyers.org/Public.
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!
The State Bar is overhauling the rules that govern attorney professional conduct and ethics. Read about the latest revisions.
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