Cal. Litig. 2017, Volume 30, Number 3

From the Section Chair

By Megan A. Rowe

Iam honored to serve this year as the Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. Our former Chair, Kathleen Brewer, has been keeping our members apprised of progress of our transition throughout the year and I will now provide you with a further update. On October 2, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown signed into law Senate Bill 36. The 16 Sections of the Bar and the California Young Lawyers Association will separate from the State Bar and start a new statewide bar association as of January 1, 2018. The State Bar will continue to collect member dues for the Sections in order to ensure a seamless transition.

I am pleased to announce that we have officially formed the California Lawyers Association ("CLA"), which is a non-profit corporation. Section leaders are actively planning all facets of the new association, which will be the second largest voluntary bar association in the nation! This change will open a world of possibilities as to what we can do for our profession, increase the number of lawyers we reach, and embrace fully the technological advances now available for our work and our relationships. The good news is that during the transition and after separation, you will continue to receive all of the services and benefits you have come to expect from the Litigation Section. The better news is that, without the regulatory limitations and costs that came as part of being in an agency of the State of California, we believe that you will get better service, have much more ability to impact how the Sections function, and be far more satisfied with the new association that serves you.

I would like to acknowledge and thank our former Chair, Kathleen Brewer, who dedicated a substantial amount of time and effort on behalf of the Section and did an amazing job representing the Section during her term and still continues to do so. I would also like to thank the Litigation Summit and Appellate Summit planning committees for all of their hard work in planning two incredibly dynamic programs in October 2017.

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