News Alert: The California Lawyers Association is soliciting applications for the position of its inaugural Executive Director.
Tricia Horan | Director | California Lawyers Association
Lyle Moran’s article “Pioneering Justice Kathryn Werdegar awarded Witkin Medal by California Lawyers Association” was published in the Daily Journal on September 18, 2018. California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye presented the Witkin Medal at CLA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego on Saturday, September 15. Cantil-Sakauye said the award, which recognizes someone who made an extraordinary impact on “justice and legal scholarship in our state,” is “tailor-made” for Werdegar.
Werdegar has been a pioneer for women in the legal field, serving on the Supreme Court for 23 years before retiring last year. During her tenure, she wrote crucial opinions in criminal, environmental, and labor law “with a clarity that is unmatched.” She was also the third woman and the first mother to serve on California’s Supreme Court. Werdegar told the Daily Journal that receiving the award is “something she will always cherish.” After the ceremony, she offered encouragement to women lawyers in the audience, saying “you can have it all if you maintain some connection, some determination and have faith in the future."
Lyle Moran’s article “ABA president offers support for California Lawyers Association at first convention” was published in the Daily Journal on September 17, 2018. American Bar Association President Bob Carlson addressed CLA’s Annual Meeting attendees on Friday, September 14. “What we need is a strong national voice in collaboration and cooperation with strong state and local voices,” Carlson told the DJ about his commitment to working with CLA.
Carlson expressed enthusiasm about working with CLA to address issues such as lack of diversity in the legal profession and defending the independence of the judiciary. CLA President Heather Rosing told the DJ that CLA is “well-positioned” to discuss and raise awareness for these issues “without the strictures of a government agency” — a unique role explored through the Annual Meeting.
Nicole H. Gordon, partner at Sohagi Law Group, is the Executive Committee Chair of CLA’s Environmental Law Section for 2018-2019. This is her 5th year on the Section’s Executive Committee, and her 13th year in the Section. Her practice focuses on advising public agencies on complex land use and environmental matters, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Planning & Zoning, and the Endangered Species Act. She frequently lectures on these matters in courses, conferences, and workshops sponsored by UCLA, the American Planning Association (APA), and the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP).
Gordon says that being a part of the Environmental Law Section “keeps you at the cutting edge in what’s going on in environmental law,” and allows you to interact “with the top attorneys in the state who deal with the issues most relevant to our firm’s clients and the state as a whole.” The Section will hold its
27th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, from October 18-21.
Sacramento, CA – September 6, 2018 - California
Lawyers Association (CLA) is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of four
prestigious annual awards, historically given out by the State Bar of
California. Going forward, these notable awards will be presented annually by
CLA. The State Bar transferred these awards to CLA earlier this year after it transitioned
its Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) to CLA
pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 36. The awards will be presented at CLA’s
Annual Meeting on
September 14-15, 2018 in San Diego.
Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (Ret.)
will receive the 2018
Bernard Witkin Award, named for the renowned legal scholar and bestowed upon
individuals who have helped shape the legal landscape through an extraordinary
body of work. Justice Werdegar, who recently retired from the bench after
having served for 23 years on the California Supreme Court, has authored more
than 500 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions that have helped define
the contours of California law.
will present the award at CLA’s Signature Luncheon
on September 15.
will receive the 2018 Loren Miller Legal Services Award, named
after the African American lawyer, judge, and leader in the Civil Rights
Movement. This lifetime achievement award is given to a lawyer who has
demonstrated a long-term commitment to extending legal services to the poor.
Mr. Ronfeldt was selected for his half-century of unwavering dedication to
serving poor and under-represented populations. CLA
President Heather Rosing will present this award on September 14.
will receive the 2018 Jack Berman Award of Achievement, named for
a young attorney who performed outstanding service to both the public and the
profession before he tragically died in a San Francisco shooting. This award is
conferred by CLA’s California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and recognizes a
new or young lawyer for distinguished service to the public, the judiciary, or
the legal profession. Ms. Pzonca was selected for her remarkable efforts toward
eradicating slavery and human trafficking, particularly in the Thai community.
CYLA Chair Lauren Powe will present
this award on September 14.
Law firm Atkinson,
Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR)
will receive the 2018 Law
Firm/Legal Employer Diversity Award, which is bestowed upon law firms or legal
employers for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity in the legal
profession. Since its formation in 1977, AALRR has made diversity a consistent
priority, with a goal of creating a culture of inclusivity that can be measured
directly in numbers.
Diana Becton, Chair of the State Bar’s Council on Access
, will present this award on September 14.
CLA is one
of the nation's largest nonprofit, voluntary organizations for lawyers and
expects more than 500 legal professionals at its Annual Meeting.
Contact: Heather Linn
California Lawyers Association619-239-8131 x2229
– August 28, 2018
Lawyers Association (CLA) today announced the addition of Ellen Miller-Sharp as
the organization’s new Director of Bar Collaborations and Special Projects.
currently serves as Executive Director and CEO of the San Diego County Bar
Association (SDCBA). Before her 11-year tenure at SDCBA, Miller-Sharp worked at
the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California, gaining valuable
insight and experience in the effective administration of bar associations.
“CLA is so
fortunate to welcome Ellen to its executive team,” said CLA President Heather
Rosing. “She recently earned the National Association of Bar Executives’ 2018 President's
Award of Excellence. Ellen simply knows how to get things done, and we couldn’t
be more fortunate to have her skills, talents and connections joining CLA.”
In her new role, Miller-Sharp
will be forging connections between CLA and other bar associations across
California with the express goal of developing joint opportunities for educational
programming, networking events, and more. Miller-Sharp will also help promote
CLA’s commitments to diversity, fairness, and civic engagement, utilizing her
experience from similar projects with the San Diego County Bar Association.
“I am excited to
build on the historic work and numerous accomplishments of the Sections,” added
Miller-Sharp. “The CLA leadership is working hard to give a voice to all
lawyers in California, and I am excited to be a part of the drive to establish CLA
as the nation’s preeminent bar association.”
begin her new role with CLA in November 2018, while helping the San Diego
County Bar Association transition to a new CEO.
CLA is one of the
nation's largest nonprofit, voluntary organizations for lawyers. It is the new
home of the Sections of the State Bar of California, as well the California Young
Lawyers Association (CYLA). CLA’s mission is to promote excellence and
diversity in the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Sacramento, CA – August 9, 2018- California Lawyers Association (CLA) is hosting its Annual Meeting, Shaping the Future for All California Lawyers, from September 14-15, 2018 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. CLA is the nation’s largest statewide voluntary association for lawyers and the home of the State Bar of California’s former Sections. The State Bar “spun off” its Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) earlier this year pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 36, which required the change. CLA was formed as an independent, non-profit organization and, on January 1, 2018, the State Bar transferred all Section and CYLA memberships to CLA. All Section and CYLA members are now CLA members.
With the State Bar no longer hosting its popular annual multi-day gathering of California attorneys and judges, CLA has crafted its Annual Meeting using the same successful model. The CLA conference will include outstanding CLE programming, networking, an interactive session with CLA leadership, two keynote luncheons, awards, receptions, exhibits, and more. The Annual Meeting will provide 48 MCLE-credited programs, taught by a faculty of more than 100 legal scholars and jurists, as well as collaborative events hosted in conjunction with the Conference of California Bar Associations, California Women Lawyers, and other organizations. Attendees can earn up to 12 hours of MCLE credit, including legal specialization credit.
The keynote luncheons will feature a conversation with Justice Kathryn Werdegar, as well as the renowned Morrison Lecture, which was a highlight of the State Bar’s Annual Meeting for more than 85 years. Morrison Lecturers have included Harvard Dean Roscoe Pound, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, Ambassador George F. Kennan, U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, and U.S. Senator Frank Church. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye will be conducting the swearing in ceremony for the new leaders of both CLA and the California Judges Association.
CLA expects more than 500 legal professionals to attend this newly-constituted annual convention for California attorneys—launching what it believes will become one of the most vital and influential gatherings for all legal professionals in the State.
The pre-registration deadline is August 22, 2018. For more information and to register, visit the CLA Annual Meeting site here.
Heather Linn Rosing
California Lawyers Association
California Lawyers Association aims to expand educational and networking opportunities for its members
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2018 – The California Lawyers Association (CLA) has now officially launched, shifting oversight of the 16 Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) from the State Bar of California to a voluntary organization, as required by legislation passed in 2017. With nearly 100,000 members, the CLA is the nation’s second-largest professional association for attorneys, smaller only than the American Bar Association. Its first President Heather L. Rosing, first Vice-President Emilio Varanini, Board of Directors and officers began the work of the organization’s inaugural year this week.
“With the launch of CLA, we are on an exciting path toward advancing the legal profession in California,” said Rosing, the first President of the organization. “From day one, we offer a wealth of benefits to practicing California lawyers, and we anticipate adding many, many more. Our goal is to become an indispensable legal resource for the legal community and a tireless advocate for our lawyers and our courts.”
CLA will continue to build on the mission of the Sections, providing educational and networking opportunities, including in-person events, webinars, and publications, for members of the 16 Sections—Antitrust, Business Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Trust and Estates, Family Law, Intellectual Property, International, Labor & Employment, Law Practice Management, Litigation, Public Law, Real Property, Solo and Small Firms, Taxation, and Workers’ Comp—and CYLA. Having been freed from the limitations inherent in being part of a regulatory agency of the State of California, the CLA’s ability to serve and advocate for lawyers, to foster and strengthen ties between lawyers from all practice areas and within and among all segments of society and government is unlimited.
The CLA’s just-launched website, www.calawyers.org, allows CLA members immediate access to all Section materials as well as a link to join the CLA if you are not already a Section member.
Last year, the State Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 36, which allowed for the incorporation of the Sections and CYLA into a private, 501(c)(6) organization. The unanimous vote by the Legislature followed input from the State Bar and Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 36 into law in October, initiating the transition from the government agency. The State Bar will continue to operate as a regulatory entity, overseeing California attorney admission, licensing, and discipline.
“The California Lawyers Association is an exciting new chapter for our Section and CLA members generally. The new organization allows us to be more responsive to member needs, to provide a broader range of cost-effective products and services, and to conduct focused advocacy to help ensure our members’ professional success,” said Matthew J. Spark, Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section. “We look forward to providing an enhanced level of service and community to the membership.”
“Scores of our Section volunteers have worked incredibly hard this past year along with leaders and volunteers of the other Sections to emerge as an integral component of the CLA, soon to be known within and outside our state borders as the bar association for all California lawyers,” said Jim Hill, Chair of the new CLA Board. “We will continue to make excellence our standard. We will become only stronger as part of the CLA.”
Under the new organization, each of the 16 Sections and CYLA has elected one delegate to the CLA Board, ensuring equal representation. State Bar staff and the Council of State Bar Sections—the leadership body through which all Sections previously interacted—oversaw the transition to the nonprofit organization from 2017 to 2018. Membership in the Sections is automatically transferred to CLA and will remain intact and renewable, as long as members pay annual dues to the State Bar and Section membership fees to the CLA (through the State Bar).
For more information on the mission of the California Lawyers Association or how to join, please visit www.calawyers.org.
About California Lawyers Association:
California Lawyers Association (CLA), a nonprofit, Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(6) organization, is committed to promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. CLA comprises the Sections and California Young Lawyers Association, and represents the vast diversity of California’s legal community and the various areas of law practiced throughout the state. For more information, visit www.calawyers.org.
Pioneering Justice Kathryn Werdegar awarded Witkin Medal by California Lawyers Association, Lyle Moran, Daily Journal, September 18, 2018
ABA president offers support for California Lawyers Association at first convention, Lyle Moran, Daily Journal, September 17, 2018
New State Bar chair, trustees sworn in, Erin Lee, Daily Journal, September 14, 2018
California Lawyers Association hires SD County Bar CEO, Lyle Moran, Daily Journal, August 23, 2018
California Lawyers Association: The State Bar Sections Reinvented, Heather L. Rosing, Reprint from the Sacramento County Bar association Sacramento Lawyer Magazine, May/June 2018
Newly Formed California Lawyers Association Excited to Step Forward, Marilyn Cavicchia, Bar Leader, American Bar Association, Volume 42, Number 5, May-June 2018
What’s The Matter With California? Bar Exam Edition, Jill Switzer, Abovethelaw.com, May 23, 2018
California Lawyers Association Meets on Tribal Land for the First Time (Family Law Section), Kim Stoll, Director of Public Relations Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Globenewswire.com, April 24, 2018
Brown Signs Bill Separating Sections From State Bar, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
California Bar's Sections Could Split Off From State Bar, Casey C. Sullivan, Findlaw.com, December 14, 2016
Sohagi Law Group Partner Nicole Gordon To Chair Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, PRNewsire, September 17, 2018
Shklovsky of Santa Rosa’s Anderson Zeigler wins Forty Under 40 award (Business Litigation Committee Member), North Bay Business Journal, April 20, 2018
Leading National Antitrust Class Action Litigator Steven Williams Joins Joseph Saveri Law Firm (Antitrust Section Advisor), Business Wire, April 2, 2018
DSR Partner Megan A. Rowe Appointed as Chair of State Bar of California Litigation Section, DSR Health Law, October 25, 2017
Delegates named for 2017 FYLPRO immersion in PH (Ireneo Reus III, CYLA Member, Mentioned), Inquirer.net, August 17, 2017
Daily Business Report - June 14, 2017 (Kyle Nageotte, CYLA Chair, Mentioned)