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The mission of the Litigation Section is to promote excellence in all areas affecting dispute resolution, including the protection of the rights of all litigants, pre-trial discovery, the expeditious trial of lawsuits, alternative dispute resolution, effective judicial administration, uniform rules of court, and the protection and preservation of the independence of a judiciary of high quality.


  • To further the knowledge of its members in all aspects of dispute resolution and litigation before judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative tribunals;
  • To assist in the formulation and implementation of programs, forums, and other activities for the education of members;
  • To encourage bench-bar collegiality;
  • To assist in the formulation, administration and implementation of legislation;
  • To act upon all matters germane to its purposes as well as those referred to it, through the Secretary of the State Bar, by the Judicial Council, the courts, governmental agencies, professional associations, and others;
  • To encourage diversity in its membership;
  • To make recommendations to the State Bar Board of Trustees.

General Information


Established in 1983, the Litigation Section is a voluntary membership association for attorneys and affiliates who share an interest in litigation. The section is led by a fifteen-member Executive Committee comprised of attorneys from across the state and by a distinguished panel of advisors who are prominent attorneys and state and federal judges.


The Litigation Section provides high quality education programs, including Best Practices and Coaching for the New Practitioner seminars and webinars on various topics of interest to litigators.  We publish California Litigation three times annually, presenting articles on major trends in litigation, and also publish California Litigation Review, an annual journal summarizing important caselaw developments.  The Section also analyzes and comments on proposed legislation affecting the practice of litigation and on proposed new or amended California Rules of Court and CACI jury instructions.

Law Suits Clothing Drive

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The Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association announces the Eighteenth Annual Law Suits™ Statewide Clothing Drive. From July 1 to July 31, drop off your gently used business suits (men’s or women’s) at any Men’s Wearhouse® in California. Shirts and blouses, slacks and skirts, ties, belts and shoes, in good condition, are also urgently needed.

All clothing will be donated to Working Wardrobes for a New Start® and other nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping adults in crisis get back to work. You will receive a receipt for your donation and a coupon for 50% off the regular price of all items on your next Men’s Wearhouse® purchase, excluding Exceptional Value and custom items, shoes, and clearance.

To locate the Men’s Wearhouse® nearest you, call 1-800-776-7848 or visit

Please feel free to spread the word!

If you have additional questions, contact the Law Suits™ Program Committee Chair, Norman J. Rodich.

Former Chairs

For a list of the former Chairs of the Litigation Section since its founding in 1983, see Past Chairs of the Litigation Section.

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Sacramento, CA 95814

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