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CLA & CJA Gala

September 17, 2022 @ 6:30 pm 10:00 pm


Celebrating Leaders Across California

CLA and the California Judges Association (CJA) will be hosting a gala on the evening of Saturday, September 17 in San Diego. 

This first-ever event will bring together lawyers and judges across California to celebrate the accomplishments of both organizations. We will recognize incoming and outgoing leaders, member contributions, and donate to their respective foundations. 

The Gala will be the concluding event for the Annual Meeting in September in San Diego, and we hope this will be the first of an annual affair.

Registration for the Gala has closed. Please consider joining us next year!

Featuring the Emcee Talents of Andy Buckley

For the last decade, Andy Buckley served as a Financial Advisor at a major bank, part of group managing over $400M in personal assets. This was perfect background material for his fictional role as, David Wallace, CFO of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, playing opposite Steve Carrell on NBC’s hit comedy The Office.

Since The Office he’s done recurring roles on HBO’s hit comedies VEEP and Silicon Valley. Presently, Buckley has a recurring role as Tech Billionaire Richard Elia on the hit CBS show SCORPION. His next main role starts airing this June on Bravo’s first scripted comedy ODD MOM OUT, a Sex in the City type comedy set in the moneyed world of NYC’s Upper East Side. As well, Buckley has a good supporting role in the much anticipated JURASSIC WORLD, being released in 4,000 theaters June 2022.

Additionally, Andy has had supporting roles alongside Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg in ‘The Other Guys’ and in ‘Life As We Know It’ opposite Katherine Heigl & Josh Duhamel. He still keeps his position at the bank.

Andy Buckley emcees and speaks at various corporate and charitable events across the country. The mix of his continuing corporate background and ‘The Office’ persona lends an entertaining aspect to these speaking engagements.

Born in Boston, Buckley spent time growing up in St. Louis, Chicago, South Florida. He attended Stanford where he played on the golf team his first two years at school. He’s married with a son and resides in Los Angeles.

Where is it?
San Diego, where our flagship conference, the CLA Annual Meeting, will be this year! The CLA and CJA boards convene every year at the CLA Annual Meeting, so we decided to host this gala right after the conference.

What are we supporting when we attend this event benefitting CLF and CJF?
You will be supporting programs, services and activities that further our missions. For CLF, it is to promote excellence, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession, fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law, access to justice, and greater civic engagement and understanding. CJF is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of an impartial judiciary for the administration of Justice in California.

What is the agenda?
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Cocktails
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. — Dinner and Program
9:30 – 11:00 p.m. — Dancing

What payment options are available?
All payments must be made by credit card or debit card through our online registration form. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Interested in Sponsoring the Gala?

Sponsoring this prestigious black-tie event offers an unprecedented opportunity to express your commitment to the efforts of the California Lawyers Foundation and California Judges Foundation. These efforts focus on DEI projects, access to justice, civics engagement, and scholarship funding.

The 2022 Gala is an evening filled with elegant dining, engaging conversation, entertainment, music, and dancing, all marked by the generosity of our sponsors. Join in inspiring awe by lending your support as a sponsor.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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