The New Lawyers Section is a proud part of CLA that represents all lawyers in California within their first 8 years of practice. The New Lawyers Section celebrates, invigorates, connects, and supports all new California lawyers.
The mission of the New Lawyers Section is to advance practical skills, leadership and pro bono opportunities, networking, and support to meet the unique needs of California’s diverse community of new lawyers. The New Lawyers Section Executive Committee is made up of the officer team, at-large members, and liaisons to the other 17 sections.
One way we celebrate our NLS members is to attend the swearing in ceremonies that occur throughout the state. We invigorate our lawyers by providing programming that is directly relevant to attorneys newer to the practice in law, offering nuts & bolts programming as well as providing lessons learned from more seasoned attorneys. We connect our members with each other through networking events.
Interested in Leadership Opportunities?
NLS is seeking to fill several member at large and section liaison positions. Executive committee members may be responsible for organizing social events, educational programs, and community outreach opportunities. NLS also selects the recipient for the annual Jack Berman award.
The open liaison spots are for the Litigation Section, Public Law Section, Criminal Law Section, International Law and Immigration Section, Real Property Section, Business Law Section, Taxation Law Section, and Law Practice, Management, and Technology Section. Liaisons serve on NLS’s executive committee and collaborate with their assigned practice area section.
You may submit an application here. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the open opportunities, please contact NLS Vice Chair Jake Zindulka.
Webinar: Taking a Deposition: Law, Tactics, and Techniques
This webinar will provide new lawyers with an overview of the applicable rules and statutes governing depositions in California and will discuss tactics and techniques for taking a deposition. Whether you listen to this before your first deposition or after your fiftieth deposition, there is sure to be something for everyone. This presentation will also cover differences between taking a deposition in-person compared to a virtual deposition and techniques to effectively navigate those differences.
Free Webinar: Student Loan Repayment Strategies
Student loan debt is an albatross around the neck of many lawyers, often delaying home ownership, marriage, children, and fulfilling careers. But there's no one correct way to approach it. Jessica Medina, former lawyer turned Accredited Financial Counselor, will be walking us through some student loan repayment strategies including those she used to tackle her own mortgage-sized debt and the framework she applies when helping her own clients approach theirs. She’ll also cover how to make the most of all the updates we’ve seen with student loans over the past couple years so you’re ready to tackle whatever comes next.
More From the New Lawyers Section
Legal Career Resources
Early career support can help get your dream job as a new attorney! Learn about new career support workshops specifically geared to help young lawyers with the challenges of finding opportunities in the tough California job market while often struggling to pay back extraordinary student loan debt.
The New Lawyers Section (NLS) offers many educational programs. We are proud to introduce the 10 Minute Mentor video series.
This series of short videos feature leading attorneys in their area of practice – providing 10 minutes of mentoring on a particular topic.
- California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/Mediation
- Estates, Trusts and Probate
- Intellectual Property (IP)
- Law Office Management
- Personal Development
- Pre-Trial Procedure
- Professional Development
These videos are foundational in nature and designed to point you toward valuable resources. These videos are completely free of charge and should you want to learn more – some of them are also available as a full length Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
We hope you enjoy these videos and we appreciate your continued support of NLS.
How Do I Become a Member of NLS?
All California attorneys who are in their first eight years of practice are AUTOMATICALLY members of NLS. No separate membership fee is required. Membership in NLS is a benefit provided as a result of your status as a newer member.
Also, attorneys who are in their three years of practice are eligible to join one CLA Section – free for one year!