Cal. Litig. 2023, Volume 35, Issue 3



Written by Mary McKelvey

It is my great honor to step into the position of Chair of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) and follow in the footsteps of so many impressive leaders who have paved the way before me. The Litigation Section’s mission is, in part, to promote excellence in all areas affecting dispute resolution and the protection and preservation of the independence of a high-quality judiciary. I would add a commitment to promote and support diversity in the practice of law in California and to build a collaborative culture within the community to create greater access to and opportunities for justice. Of late, we have experienced far too much of the opposite and in fact it seems there is no advanced democracy in the world more divided over important social, racial and gender issues than the United States. As lawyers we have been uniquely trained to think analytically, weigh facts and evidence, rely on the rule of law and to move the needle towards just ends. Keeping our legal skills sharp and our legal communities strong are the greatest contributions we can make to ensuring our rule of law retains its vitality and that the equality and dignity of all persons remains a possibility.

To that end, we embrace the following tenets of the CLA strategic pillars:

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