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Who Are We?

The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is a member-driven, mission-focused organization dedicated to the professional advancement of attorneys practicing in the state of California.

Established in 2018, CLA is a nonprofit, voluntary organization and the new home of the Sections of the State Bar of California and the California Young Lawyers Association. Our extensive membership represents the vast diversity of California’s legal community and the various areas of law practiced throughout the state. 

We thrive at the intersection of innovation and dedication—delivering high-quality programs, events, and resources and continuously seeking new ways to expand our offerings. Through premier educational and networking opportunities, our members can maintain expertise in their fields, build contacts, and uphold the legal profession and system.

As an independent entity, we can now provide greater value to our members, including direct communication with the California Legislature and the ability to be more responsive to each member’s needs. Together, we are committed to fostering excellence and fellowship throughout the California legal community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the California Lawyers Association is . . .

Promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law.

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We are a member-driven organization dedicated to the professional advancement of attorneys practicing in the State of California.


Diversity & Inclusion

We are a mission-focused voluntary organization that embodies and promotes the vast diversity of California’s legal community.


Education & Advocacy

We thrive at the intersection of innovation and dedication — delivering high-quality programs, events, and resources and continuously seeking new ways to expand our offerings.

Member Benefits

  • Fastcase Legal Research
  • First rate periodic journals, handbooks and definitive legal reports
  • High quality educational programs featuring leading experts in your field
  • Access to cutting edge legislative developments
  • Electronic updates including case alerts, case studies and practice tips
  • The chance to become active in legislative review and reform
  • Discounts on professional services and products
  • Public speaking and writing opportunities

And much more! For a full comprehensive list, click here.

CLA Sections

Antitrust, UCL and Privacy

Further your knowledge in federal and state antitrust and unfair competition law, litigation and antitrust counseling, and privacy law. The Section considers both private and government enforcement actions.

Business Law

Become active in one of the Section’s 15 substantive committees, focusing on corporate law, banking, health law, franchise law, insolvency, nonprofits, cyberlaw, the UCC and more. Have a voice in the development of policy and legislation affecting the California business community.

Criminal Law

Your source for substantive and procedural law, prisoner confinement, offender rehabilitation and other matters relating to the prosecution and defense of persons accused of crimes on both the federal and state level.

Environmental Law

Keep abreast of regulatory developments and case law concerning air quality, CEQA, coastal and forest resources, endangered species, energy, global warming, hazardous waste and materials, land use, NEPA, prop 65, solid waste, water quality, wetlands and more.

Family Law

Get timely information and participate in an active and a robust legislative program focusing on marriage, dissolution, custody and support, community property, adoptions and matters affecting the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of members of the family.

Intellectual Property Law

Join active Interest Groups and stay abreast of developments in trademarks; trade secrets; copyrights; patents; licensing; technology, internet & privacy; entertainment and sports; international IP, and other intellectual property issues.

International Law

Find the resources you need for your international and trans-border legal matters including corporate and business transactions, litigation and arbitration, tax, regulatory and trade matters, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law and immigration, amongst others.

Labor and Employment Law

Your forum for all aspects of labor and employment law, including sexual harassment, disability discrimination, wrongful termination, discrimination, leaves of absence, DFEH/EEOC, hiring foreign nationals, wage issues, mental disabilities and illness, union issues, legislation and case law and more.

Law Practice Management and Technology

Keep on top of the skills and tools you need to run your practice effectively, including ethical concerns, computer and technological advancements, effective management techniques, and other sources for the effective and ethical delivery of legal services and the successful operation of a law office.


Calling all litigators! This Section promotes excellence in all areas affecting dispute resolution, pre-trial discovery, the expeditious trial of lawsuits, effective judicial administration, uniform rules of court and the protection and preservation of the independence of a judiciary of high quality.

Public Law

If your work involves public agencies, this Section provides educational resources and a forum for your particular issues, including governmental agencies, departments or boards, administrative issues, land use/environment, government contracts, legislation and political, public interest and information, government tort liability and community development.

Real Property Law

Hone your expertise in all matters concerning real property, including development (common interest, public, private, commercial and industrial), finance, litigation, sales and brokerage, landlord-tenant, inverse condemnation and eminent domain, construction, natural resources and zoning and land use.

Solo and Small Firm

Your particular concerns as a solo or an attorney in a small firm are the focus of this enterprising Section, which provides a wide range of educational programs, and excellent publication and networking opportunities.


Your source for timely, specialized resources in the areas of bankruptcy/insolvency, corporate tax, employee benefits, estate and gift tax, income tax, international tax, pass-through entities and real estate, state and local tax, tax exempt organizations and tax procedure and litigation.

Trusts and Estates

Keep informed on developments in all related areas, including probate, estate planning, administration, accounting, distribution of estates, guardianships and conservatorships, and drafting of wills and trusts. You will also receive California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, one of the premier scholarly publications in the area.

Workers’ Compensation Law

Your source for information in this rapidly changing field, including legislative and case law, mediation and arbitration, AMA guidelines, medical evidence, and cases of all kinds: cumulative injuries, psychiatric injuries, pain control and drug addiction, and more.

Law Students are free! Print out and complete, or complete online and email to us, the Law Student Enrollment Form. (Up to three free one-year memberships for Law Students).

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Your future success and court performance are in the balance. So enroll now. Share your thoughts, insights and valuable experiences with your peers. Invest as little or as much time as you can. Either way, you’ll receive far more in return.

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