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California Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 4.4, which was added to the most recent rules effective November 1, 2018, provides: Read more
When I was 15 years old, I started working at a McDonald’s restaurant for $3.35 per hour. After several months, I received my first raise of five cents per hour, for which I felt quite proud. That is until I told a friend’s father about my raise, who wasted no time pointing out that this raise would only amount to about $2 per month. My friend’s dad was very successful in business, and of course he was right. Although he extinguished my joy, he helped me quickly realize the financial value of my time. Read more
Tax law is a highly specialized field affecting numerous areas of the legal profession. From bankruptcy to real estate, employee benefits to tax litigation, CLA’s Tax Section members have dedicated themselves to serving a diverse array of clients. This also means they oftentimes work with lawyers in other legal realms. Read more
Whether you are attending an event or serving as a presenter at a function, the activities held or hosted by the California Lawyers Association are designed with you in mind. You may be present to learn, but there is always an opportunity for you to support your colleagues, whether you realize it or not. Read more
California Lawyers Association’s Environmental, Social and Governance Interest Group released two new episodes of our ESG-in-Law video series. The episodes featured discussions with Nicole DeNamur and Bruno Camargo. They both cover issues related to human rights in global supply chains.  Read more
A sound mind is one of the most important tools an attorney has, which is required to properly advocate for clients, manage large workloads, and handle multiple deadlines.  Read more
Malpractice claims are most often made against solo practitioners and small firms, comprised of two to five attorneys, many of whom do not carry malpractice insurance. In 2019, the State Bar of California (State Bar) reported[1] that 39% of solo attorneys—an estimated 13,000 solo attorneys—and 12% of small firms surveyed did not have malpractice insurance. In the same year, the American Bar Association's (ABA) Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims Report[2] found that these two segments have the most malpractice claims (32% and 30%, respectively). So why would the firms most at risk of claims not have insurance? Read more
In the global legal arena, the symbolic kickoff of the legal year serves as a platform for legal professionals to gather, reflect, and discuss pivotal issues shaping the future of the legal profession.  Read more
California Lawyers Association (CLA) is pleased to honor California Senator Susan Rubio with CLA’s Legislator of the Year Award and acknowledge her extraordinary service since being elected to the California Senate in 2018. Read more
As I approach 60 days as the new Chief Executive Officer for California Lawyers Association and its Foundation, I want to share some observations and thoughts. I am grateful to our leadership, volunteers, members, and staff for welcoming me with sincerity, integrity, and commitment. We are a large organization with great responsibility, and you have ushered me into this role with enthusiasm and a willingness to look toward possibilities. Read more

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