Bar Relations

Bar Relations is an important function for CLA.  Whether we are facilitating connection between bars, partnering with bars, or providing resources, information and support to bars, our goal is to help bar leaders and the organized bar succeed.   With over 300 local, specialty, diversity, affinity and identity bars in California, there are numerous opportunities for connection and communication.  

CLA support Includes: 

  • Provisional Licensure: On 11/20/20, California Lawyers Association held a webinar to answer common questions about the new provisional licensure program.  Click here to access the recording and learn more about how CLA is supporting provisionally licensed lawyers.  The State Bar of California has developed several resources to explain and support the Provisional Licensure Program; click here to learn more from The State Bar.
  • Monthly Calls:  The California Lawyers Association hosts a monthly call for bar leaders to connect, learn and share successes.  This call takes place the 4th Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and bar presidents, their designees and senior staff leadership of bars are welcome to attend.   All bar leader are invited to add topics to the agenda and notes from the calls are shared for those who are not able to attend;
  • Quarterly Lunchtime Webinars: These quarterly webinars will delve into topics to help bar leaders, especially those bars with no staff or a small staff.  
    • 2021 Q2: Do We Languish or Flourish? Key trends and Important Lessons for Bar Associations
      On May 19, 2021 at noon we will be joined by Molly Flood, the Research and Information Manager at the ABA Division for Bar Services. As we plan for our organizations post-pandemic priorities and activities, let’s take a look at the trends impacting bar associations. Be prepared for a lively presentation about the demographics of the legal profession, membership best practices, continuing legal education trends, innovative meeting ideas and more. Click here to register for this free virtual program.
    • 2020 Q3: Governance in Transition on Monday
      On September 28, 2020 we heard from bar governance expert Elizabeth Derrico as she discussed not only the nuts and bolts of governance from a distance, but how to make important decisions quickly, even when you can’t meet in person, and how to build relationships with fellow board members when you have to meet via Zoom. After watching this webinar you will have 20 tips, tricks, and suggestions to take back to your board for a better experience during these unprecedented times.
      This session was recorded. To request access to the recording, please reach out to us at Bar.Relations@calawyers.org.
    • 2020 Q2: Online Platforms for Bar Associations
      On April 29, 2020 we were joined by various bar professionals to discuss some of the online platforms being used by bar associations during the COVID-19 pandemic and moving forward including Zoom, Google Hangouts, Slack, and Groupvine.  We also discussed steps and processes to adequately prepare speakers and participants when utilizing online platforms.  This webinar was jointly presented by California Lawyers Association (CLA) and Executives of California Lawyers’ Associations (ECLA). 
      This session was recorded.  To request access to the recording, please reach out to us at Bar.Relations@calawyers.org.

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  • Annual California Bar Leadership Conference:  This day long training for bar leaders brings nationally recognized speakers to our own backyard.  Topics include association best practices, volunteer management, member engagement, governance, communication, finance, strategic planning and trends in bars. View the past programs immediately below!
  • Shared Bar Special Events Calendar:  This crowd sourced calendar will allow bars to post significant and signature events in order to avoid double booking.  To submit a signature event, installation, gala or conference, click here
  • Directory:   CLA maintains a directory of all bar associations and other law related organizations in California with a link to their website. Click here for more information.   To have a bar association added to this directory, please email bar.relations@calawyers.org
  • Technical Assistance:  Our team has experience with national, state and local bars and is connected with best practices nationally.  We are also available to provide one on one technical assistance and also assist with strategic and long range planning.  

For more information or to discuss issues impacting your bar, please reach out to Ellen Miller, Associate Executive Director, External Relations and Initiatives, at 916-516-1703 or Ellen.Miller@calawyers.org

Several bar associations have State Bar certified Lawyer Referral Services to assist the public finding attorneys.  To locate a LRS in your county, go to:  http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Need-Legal-Help/Lawyer-Referral-Service

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