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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the Sections separate from the State Bar?

To allow the State Bar to focus on admissions and discipline pursuant to the legislative mandate of SB 36, effective January 1, 2018 while allowing the Sections to focus on educational programs, publications and events.

How did the Sections legally separate from the State Bar?

A new separate, independent entity, The California Lawyers Association (CLA) was formed. On January 1, 2018, the Sections became the CLA.

I’m already a Section member, so how do I become a member of the CLA?

Your current membership will automatically transfer to the CLA until it expires at the end of the current bar year. Make sure to renew your membership in one or more Sections on the State Bar dues statement as usual, or log into My State Bar Profile. You should receive your annual dues statement from the State Bar on or after December 1st.

How do I join a Section?

Click the join button at the top of your screen to join a Section. You can also join a new Section (and renew current Section membership) when paying your annual State Bar dues. 

Will my State Bar licensing fee increase due to the separation?

No. The State Bar’s licensing fee is set by the California Legislature and is expected to remain the same for 2018.

After separation, will the State Bar website still report the status of my Section membership as it does now?

Yes. You may verify your Section(s) membership by logging into My State Bar Profile and after January 1, 2018, you may also log into your profile via the new CLA website.

Will CLA offer the same educational publications, programs, events and conferences that are offered by the Sections now?

Yes, but as a voluntary bar association, the CLA will have more flexibility and less restrictions, enabling the Sections to expand, innovate and offer Section members new and innovative publications, programming and other events.

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