CYLA is the nation's largest association of young lawyers. A young lawyer has been in practice for five years or less or is 36 years old or younger.
The California State Bar’s Conference of Barristers was created in 1965 by the State Bar’s Board of Trustees, which in 1977, received a name change to the California Young Lawyers Association (“CYLA”). In January of 2018, CYLA made the transition to the California Lawyers Association (“CLA”). Under the wing of CLA, attorneys new to the practice of law are folded into CYLA by virtue of being under the age of 36, or, are attorneys within their first five years of practice. CYLA has pioneered a new mission: CYLA advances practical skills, leadership and pro bono opportunities, networking, and support to meet the unique needs of California’s diverse community of new lawyers.
Under the umbrella of our mission, CYLA seeks to create and co-sponsor education programs targeted to new attorneys along with educational content through our ENewsletter and Self-Study Articles. CYLA offers lawyers opportunities for involvement in our profession and participation in the public service through the state of California. This year CYLA looks to find ways to connect new lawyers throughout the state across all practice areas.
CYLA is chaired by Lauren E. Powe, an attorney with State Compensation Insurance Fund, practicing in worker’s compensation defense. How to become involved, contact CYLA.
Early career support can help get your dream job as a new attorney!
Learn about new career support workshops specifically geared to help young lawyers with the challenges of finding opportunities in the tough California job market while often struggling to pay back extraordinary student loan debt.
The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) offers many educational programs. We are proud to introduce the 10 Minute Mentor video series.
This series of short videos feature leading attorneys in their area of practice - providing 10 minutes of mentoring on a particular topic.
These videos are foundational in nature and designed to point you toward valuable resources.
These videos are completely free of charge and should you want to learn more - some of them are also available as a full length Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
We hope you enjoy these videos and we appreciate your continued support of CYLA.
All California attorneys who are in their first five years of practice or are 36 years of age or younger are AUTOMATICALLY members of CYLA. No separate membership fee is required. Membership in CYLA is a benefit provided as a result of your status as a newer member.
Social media, anyone? The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now has its own page onFacebook and our Twitter account @CLA_CYLA where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events. And the Sections & CYLA have a new presence on LinkedIn.
We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community, and reaching out to people who are not currently members.
We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets"!