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By now, you may have heard the buzz about the California Lawyers Association (CLA) 2022 Annual Meeting. If you haven’t, I believe this article is especially for you. While there are many reasons to attend the CLA Annual Meeting, here are the top five reasons why you will not want to miss it. Read more
The California Lawyers Association (CLA) and the California Judges Association (CJA) are introducing a new event—a black-tie- Gala celebration—to raise money for their respective charitable foundations. Read more
A well-worn adage, variously attributed to Abraham Lincoln or Benjamin Franklin, holds that any person – including a lawyer – who represents himself has a fool for a client. And if those two luminaries were alive today in an age where many legislative frameworks as well as contract clauses provide for attorney fee awards to a prevailing party, they might have further observed that this same fool attorney would not get paid. That is because there is a well-settled rule that a lawyer who is appearing on his or her own behalf and is the prevailing party in a lawsuit may not be awarded attorney fees. Read more
It is an honor and pleasure to serve with and for each of you. Being President of one of the premier bar associations across America and the world has been one of the true highlights and experiences. All of us in servant leadership know that passion begins the journey of volunteerism and is what drives us to the finish line. Read more
As CLA gears up for our first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019 on September 15–17 in San Diego, it’s natural to feel excited and nervous. For lawyers struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues, the hustle and bustle may risk triggering unhealthy behaviors. Read more
San Francisco family law attorney Christopher Emley has provided countless hours of pro bono legal advice in his nearly 55-year career. But none of those experiences has been as convenient and seamless as the Free Legal Answers Program. Read more
Volunteers are the backbone of professional membership associations and nonprofit organizations. The California Lawyers Association (CLA) would not be the premiere statewide voluntary bar association without its dedicated, passionate volunteers. However, some members have shared with us that they don’t know where to begin when it comes to getting involved and engaged in volunteer opportunities with CLA. Here are five easy ways to ramp up your engagement, increase your visibility, and build long-lasting relationships with legal professionals across the State of California. Read more
Let me start by saying that for the majority of my life, I ignored my money. I spent it. I hid it from myself. I obtained thousands of dollars in student loans for two degrees during a recession, expecting the best. Instead, I ended up working in a field I never expected to work in. Read more
In recent weeks, President Evans has been on the road with CEO and Executive Director Oyango A. Snell, meeting with various legal organizations to build relationships and highlight what the California Lawyers Association can do for them. Read more
The California Lawyers Association (CLA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the test that applies to communications between lawyers and their clients involving both legal and nonlegal purposes, known as dual-purpose communications, and when those communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege. CLA supports adoption of the test that provides the most protection to the attorney-client privilege. Read more

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