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American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division CYLA Delegate Application

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This application form can be filled out electronically, or can be printed in its blank form, completed by hand using a pen with dark ink, and scanned. Questions: Contact Paige Mustafa at


This application is solely applicable to the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) state delegation to the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Assembly. Include detail about the experience RELEVANT to this appointment.

Delegation Requirements: The ABA YLD Assembly is the ABA YLD principal policymaking body. Each state appoints delegates to the ABA YLD Assembly, and the delegates vote on resolutions of importance to the legal profession. We seek applicants that are active members of the California State Bar, the ABA, and the CYLA. Delegates must be able to prepare and participate in the ABA YLD Assembly, which is scheduled for February 2021. For additional information about the ABA YLD Assembly, please visit:

Participation of Diverse Members: The California Lawyers Association values diversity and broad-based representation in its appointments. The recruitment and selection of applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, outlooks, ideas and geographical locations brings qualities essential to the governance of the legal profession and to the services the California Lawyers Association provides to its diverse members and to the public.

The California Lawyers Association’s Board of Representatives is committed to the active solicitation and encouragement of members with a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including members with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession to submit applications for appointments to all bar sponsored entities.

The Board seeks to recruit and obtain applicants with a breadth and depth of perspective including, but not limited to the following: geographic location, practice area, size of law practice, length of time practicing, volunteer work, specific accomplishments, educational background, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability for each of the entities to which the board makes appointments.

California Lawyers Association provides equal access to all applicants and complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws in its appointment process.

Statement of Interest: Your statement should clearly state why you wish to serve as a delegate and what you can contribute that makes you a good candidate for appointment. Suggested areas for inclusion in the statement: (1) unique characteristics, perceptions, experiences, personal talents, or qualifications that you would bring to the committee; (2) communication skills and leadership abilities that you possess that will lend to the activities of the committee; and (3) hardships or disadvantages you have had to overcome and how this experience will contribute to your service with the California Lawyers Association.

Application Filing Instructions

At the bottom of the form, attach your application, resume, and any letter(s) of recommendation in the following order:

  1. Application form; signed and dated.
  2. Resume or biography (5 pages maximum)
  3. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional, 3 letters maximum)

Submitting Application: Submit one (1) single-sided copy of the application form and the attachments; in the order noted above to Paige Mustafa at .

Resume/Biography: Your resume or biography may include any of the following: business, occupational or professional licenses; legal and general educational background; academic, professional or civic honors; articles or publications authored (do not attach copies); accomplishments of note; proven commitment to volunteer work/capacity to make expected time commitment; national, state and/or local bar committee service, professional and/or community association memberships, personal and/or organizational references.

Letters of Recommendations (optional, maximum three): A letter of recommendation is helpful but not required. If letters are being submitted, they must be submitted with the application.

Please include your geographical area of practice. Although not dispositive, the CLA and CYLA reserve the right to choose applicants that represent various geographical areas of the State of California.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2020

At its discretion, the application deadline may be extended. Deadline extensions will be posted on the CLA website; applicants also may contact Paige Mustafa for information about extended deadlines.


Applications must be received by the deadline and must be signed and dated. Your application is confidential. Review the requirements for the delegation above. If selected, you will be notified via email to your email address on the application.

Please anticipate notification by mid-January 2021.








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    VOLUNTEER SERVICE. List prior volunteer service with the State bar, local or specialty bar associations, community, or other organizations. Please focus on activities that prepare you for the position sought.

    DISCIPLINE RECORD. List any formal disciplinary charges filed against you by The State Bar of California, including disposition of such charges and any public record of discipline.

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    EXPERIENCE. Describe any previous work or experience you may have had with the ABA or CLA.

    ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND. Describe any additional background you would like to share relevant to your appointment to the delegation, including but not limited to how you can contribute to the diversity and broad composition of the CLA’s committees and commissions.

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