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CLA President

My sisters have beautiful stories to tell. Growing up with five older sisters, three older brothers, and two wonderful parents, mom and dad, who just celebrated 50 years of marriage, was, to say the least, an amazing experience. My mother, jokingly, often told me growing up that had I been the first, I would have been the last! Learning from these experiences was one of the better lessons learned in life. Read more
Thinking back on the heroes that had an impact on childhood experiences, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and civil rights champion Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” This rings as true today as it did when the words were spoken. It is one of the truer statements ever to be made.  Read more
First and foremost, hoping your holiday season has been fantastic and wishing you a Happy New Year.  It has been a year to remember and there are many things to reflect on as an organization and serving as President.  Being President has been one of great honors of my life and career to this point.  Read more
As fellow leaders and bar association members, everyone has a choice of which bar association to join. Many thankfully choose multiple bar associations to connect with other leaders and participate in education, networking, social, and business development activities. As members consider renewing for 2023 and beyond, the California Lawyers Association wants to thank you for your continued commitment to growing the bar association family and being a terrific member and leader. You have a choice, and our commitment to you is to continue to provide and improve educational events, networking opportunities, and legislative advocacy with a consistent heart- and hope-based leadership.  Read more
I am writing from Edinburgh, Scotland, having just left London, England, and Cardiff, Wales, for leg one of the California Lawyers Association’s A Week in Legal London program. It is the 34th year of the program, sponsored by the Litigation Section every two years. It is the first time a President has joined the program.  Read more
The 2022 Annual Meeting and first-ever Gala last month were a massive success. Attendance, content, networking, legal icons, and charitable giving sum up an amazing week in beautiful San Diego, California. The 2023 Annual Meeting and Gala will be back in San Diego next September at the same hotel, the Hilton Bayfront. Read more
As I mark the halfway point of my two-year term as your president, it is an eventful and exciting time of transition for the California legal community. 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
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
CLA is grateful for the return of in-person events. We are thrilled to let you know about a new marquee event we are planning for 2022—a first-of-its-kind black-tie gala coming to San Diego on September 17. Read more

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