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Our webinars are crafted to assist with each individual’s success during their initial years in practice.

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 SectionCriminal Law SectionInternational Law and Immigration SectionReal Property SectionBusiness Law SectionTaxation 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.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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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.

10-Minute Mentor

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.

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!

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Social media, anyone? The New Lawyers Section has its own page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We look forward to interacting with a wider community, and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

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