A: To allow the State Bar to focus on admissions and discipline pursuant to the legislative mandate of SB 36, effective January 1, 2018 while allowing the Sections to focus on educational programs, publications and events.
A: A new separate, independent entity, The California Lawyers Association (CLA) has been formed. On January 1, 2018, the Sections will officially become the CLA.
A: Your current membership will automatically transfer to the CLA until it expires at the end of the current bar year. Make sure to renew your membership in one or more Sections on the State Bar dues statement as usual, or log into My State Bar Profile. You should receive your annual dues statement from the State Bar on or after December 1, 2017.
A: Simply log into your current My State Bar Profile and join a Section. You can also join a new Section (and renew current Section membership) when paying your annual State Bar dues. The State Bar will be emailing out the annual dues statements on December 1, 2017.
A: No. Section dues will remain the same through 2018. Log into My State Bar Profile to view your current Section dues and renew today!
A: No. The State Bar’s licensing fee is set by the California Legislature and is expected to remain the same for 2018.
A Yes, but as a voluntary bar association, the CLA will have more flexibility and less restrictions, enabling the Sections to expand, innovate and offer Section members new and innovative publications, programming and other events.
A: Yes. You may verify your Section(s) membership by logging into My State Bar Profile and after January 1, 2018, you may also log into your profile via the new CLA website.