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On this page we’ve compiled some articles from past issues of the CYLA eNews.

Spring 2020

Ethical Attorney Advertising: Rules for Third-Party Websites

Near the end of 2019, the State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct issued Formal Opinion 2019-199 regarding an attorney’s obligations concerning third-party website “profiles” of her/himself effectively advertising on her/his behalf. Read More

How Universal Design Principles Can Improve Legal Accessibility

Legal accessibility is the act of making legal knowledge and services available to the general populace; and involves making legal information, materials, and tools usable to everyone, including making it available in different languages and to those with disabilities. Read More

Winter 2019-2020

Young Lawyer Survival Tips

Often the best advice comes from your peers. We asked members of the CYLA Executive Committee to share their “survival tips.” Here is what they recommended. Read More

Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of MCLE Creation

All young lawyers are familiar with the requirement to obtain MCLE credit, but seldom do young lawyers actually consider producing their own. This article is a resource for early-career lawyers who seek to navigate the world of MCLE creation to build their reputations and advance their careers. Read More

Older Issues

Fall 2019

Joining to Grow

Summer 2019

Ten Tips for Writing a Winner Arbitration Brief

The following article is reproduced with permission of the author and the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section. It was originally published in Vol. 31, No. 3 (2018) of California Litigation: The Journal of the Litigation Section of the CLA. Click here to view it.

Spring 2019

Good News for Public-Interest Lawyers at the DC District Court: Despite a Mixed Ruling, Judge Provides Reprieve for Certain Previously Denied Loan Forgiveness Applicants
Warning: New Rules of Professional Conduct Are Here & They Apply to You!
The Revised Rules of Professional Conduct Webinar Series

Winter 2016 Issue

Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse Among New and Young Attorneys
Taking on Pro Bono Class Action Cases
Tips from the Bench
CYA: What You Weren’t Taught in Law School
The Green Rush: The Legal Field’s Untapped Frontier
Strategies for Reducing a Client’s Liability under a Lease after the Sale of the Client’s Business
ABA Resources for CYLA Members

From the Summer 2016 Issue

Introducing Foreign Language Evidence at Trial
Breaking Down a Typical Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transaction
LinkedIn: Tips for Attorneys
10 Strategy Considerations For Litigating In—and Out of—Federal Court
Job Resources for Newly Minted and Young Lateral Attorneys
Written Disclosure And Informed Written Consent: How To Handle Actual And Potential Conflicts Of Interest

From the Winter 2015 Issue

Seven Steps Every New and Young Lawyer Can Take to Help End the Justice Gap
The Early Career Support Project
The Most Important Question to Ask Yourself Before You Go Solo
Why Certify as a Specialist?
Declaration of Disclosure: Discovery in Family Law for New Attorneys
CYLA Spotlight on Anna Romanskaya – ABA YLD Chair-Elect
Health Insurance in the Age of Healthcare Reform – Am I Covered?

From the Summer 2015 Issue

A Simple Guide to Best Practices for Young Lawyers
“Stop Training Lawyers to Be Jerks”
Four Ways to Think Outside the Box During Your Job Hunt
The Changing Face of Legal Services Delivery: Cultural Competency in the Practice of Law
Cross-Border Discovery: Seeking Documents from China-Based Companies
Tips From the Bench: Interview of the Honorable Amy Yerkey with Neyleen Ortiz Beljajev
Tips From the Bench: Interview of Commissioner Michele Castillo with Al Martinez

From the Winter 2014 Issue

Tips from the Bench
Resumé Tips For New Lawyers
Student Loan Repayment: You Have Options
Networking Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

From the Summer/Fall 2014 Issue

Tips from the Bench, As Told By Amber R. Hayes, Attorney at Law
Super Seven Savers

Pre-2014 Articles

Tips and Tools from the Bench (Winter 2012)
Tips and Tools — Tips from the Bench (Summer 2012)
How to Get Along With Opposing Counsel in Litigation
Why Your Emailed Job Applications Aren’t Working
Tips & Tools for Young Lawyers (Summer 2011)
Top 11 Things for a Trial Binder (Summer 2011)

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