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ExComm collaboration

CLA Section Executive Committees (ExComm) play a vital role in carrying out a section’s basic functions while also acting as an important pillar in the organization’s overall structure. In addition to handling fundamental responsibilities behind the scenes, such as budgeting and strategic planning, executive committees also collaborate on delivering programs, publications, services, and benefits to section members.

Joining your section’s Executive Committee opens new doors to your CLA experience. Expand your network, refine your knowledge in your field of law, and bring new ideas to the volunteer leadership! Scroll down to learn more about your section’s executive committee.

Leadership

“Serving on an Executive Committee for a Section in CLA has been one of the great professional growth opportunities in my career. It is the training ground for the practice of law and as well an introduction and lifeblood to the bar association for all California attorneys to congregate.” 

– Jeremy Evans

Visibility

“During my tenure and as Vice Chair of Legislation, I assisted standing committees craft and get Affirmative Legislative Proposals introduced into bills, enabled Standing Committees to issue comments on proposed legislation, formulated the Section’s Amicus Brief policy and made many, many friends in the process.”

– Soyeun Choi

Connection

“Come for the law. Stay for the people. This is a fabulous way to enhance your knowledge and experience with intellectual property law while getting to know and work with other practitioners who will become your great friends.”

– Warren Dranit

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Business Law Section

“During my tenure and as Vice Chair of Legislation, I assisted standing committees craft and get Affirmative Legislative Proposals introduced into bills, enabled Standing Committees to issue comments on proposed legislation, formulated the Section’s Amicus Brief policy and made many, many friends in the process.” – Soyeun Choi, 2020-2021 Executive Committee Chair

California Young Lawyers Association

“Serving on an Executive Committee for a Section in the California Lawyers Association (CLA) has been one of the great professional growth opportunities in my career.  The members invited people in with open arms where they were able to train, offer encouragement, business advice, and opportunities.  It is the training ground for the practice of law and as well an introduction and lifeblood to the bar association for all California attorneys to congregate.”   – Jeremy Evans, Liaison

Intellectual Property Law Section

“Come for the law. Stay for the people. This is a fabulous way to enhance your knowledge and experience with intellectual property law while getting to know and work with other practitioners who will become your great friends.” – Warren Dranit, Past Executive Committee Chair and current Advisor

“I consider the IP section’s executive committee like a second family. They’ve provided me with incredible career advice, mentorship, and a lot of laughs along the way. Through my role on the executive committee, I’ve been able to connect and develop friendships with some of the top lawyers in my practice fields. Networking like this is priceless. The executive committee has given me a lot more name recognition in my field than I ever anticipated. It’s been a fantastic experience that has really helped evolve my career to the next level.” – Emily Yu, 2021-22 Executive Committee Vice Chair

Labor and Employment Law Section

“The Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee brings together a talented array of people with deep understanding of issues in the California workplace in order to advance attorney education and public awareness.  It’s an honor to collaborate with everyone involved.” – Thomas Lenz, Past Executive Committee Chair and current Advisor

“I get to learn about a wide spectrum of practice areas and perspectives.  Our Committee members practice in a huge range of specialties, from wage and hour, to plaintiff’s class actions, to neutral workplace investigations, to individual wrongful terminations.” – Laura Davis, current Advisor

Law Practice Management and Technology Section

“It’s been over 10 years and I love my fellow members and continue to enjoy working with all of them collaboratively and sharing ideas for how we can improve law practice management and technology for all of our members. As a member you can empower yourself and other members to participate and grow. I highly recommend joining this wonderful Executive Committee.” – Mari Frank, Esq. CIPP

Litigation Section

“By being on the Committee, I have grown as a person, while making a difference in the litigator community.” – Kenneth Wang, Executive Committee Member

Privacy Law Section

“Being on the Privacy Law Section’s Executive Committee has given me an opportunity to shape the discourse around privacy law in California. The Executive Committee’s webinars, events, and publications bring together privacy experts in private practice, regulatory bodies, advocacy, and business to talk about the ways the field continues to evolve. As part of the Executive Committee, I play a role in not only sharing the Section, but those conversations as well.” – Cody Venzke, Privacy Law Treasurer

Solo and Small Firm Section

“Serving on the Solo and Small Firm Executive Committee allows me to play a role in helping increase practice effectiveness and efficiency in SSF practices so that these practitioners can increase revenues, reduce administrative burdens, and create a better work-life balance. Serving on ExCom is a wonderful way to give back to the profession and help improve the practices of solo and small firm practitioners throughout the state of California.” – Somita Basu, 2021-22 Executive Committee Chair

“Being a solo or small firm practitioner presents many challenges, and I appreciate having the opportunity, as a member of the SSF ExCom, to help develop resources our members can rely upon to better serve their clients and expand their practices.  My involvement with the ExCom has also provided me with a network of outstanding professionals from a variety of practice areas who I (and my clients) can call upon for help—many of whom have also become lifelong friends.” – Marilyn A. Monahan, Past Executive Committee Chair and current Advisor

Taxation Section

“Serving on the Taxation Section’s Ex Com has been a lot of work but also a lot of fun, and has been very personally and professionally rewarding.  I have had the pleasure of serving with professional giants in the tax field.” – Laura Buckley, 2020-2021 Executive Committee Chair

“Serving on the Tax Section Executive Committee presents an opportunity to keep the Tax Section going with its numerous activities and ensuring they are designed to best serve members. I have found this service to be a wonderful opportunity to get to know the volunteers serving on all of the tax committees, making my CLA experience overall very enjoyable and rewarding professionally.” – Annette Nellen, current Executive Committee Member

Workers’ Compensation Section

“Being a member of the workers’ compensation executive committee has given me an appreciation of the goals and interests that all sides in the community have in common. All sides, judges, applicant’s attorneys, and defense attorneys, care about the health of the system we all work in, and improvements can be made if we can identify and focus on the areas of mutual agreement on the best practices for the benefit of all participants.” – Randy H. Pollak, Editor of the Workers’ Compensation Quarterly

“Being a member of and advisor to the Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my legal career. You give back to the legal community and make new friends and connections. What a great forum to discuss the latest trends in the law among applicant attorneys, defense attorneys, and judges.” – Judge Robert Rassp, Executive Committee Member

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