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Business Law News 2017, ISSUE 4

Executive Committee: Message from the Chair

Uzzi O. Raanan

THE SECTIONS TO LEAVE THE STATE BAR

In the words of Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-chan-gin." On October 2, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Senate Bill 36 (the State Bar’s 2018 dues bill) into law, setting into motion drastic changes for the State Bar of California. Most notably, the new law will transfer operations of the sixteen voluntary sections of the Bar and the California Young Lawyers Association ("CYLA") into a newly-formed private non-profit association. In anticipation of the new entity, many leaders and volunteers from the sections and the State Bar are working tirelessly to ensure that the transition is seamless and does not have a negative impact on the sections’ valuable work. The transition to the new entity will occur in January 2018.

Separation from the Bar will present wonderful opportunities, allowing the sections to thrive without the growing costs and restrictions associated with being part of a regulatory governmental agency. The benefits will include:

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