California Lawyers Association

New Lawyers Section

Updates and events from the New Lawyers Section

The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is pleased to introduce its New Lawyers Section, formerly the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA). The new Section will provide California lawyers in their first three years of practice free access to the association’s standard membership plan—which includes access to an additional Section of their choice, free educational content, events, and other membership benefits. Read more
The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) is pleased to announce that Gilberto Vera is the recipient of its 2021 Jack Berman Award of Achievement. CYLA annually confers the Jack Berman Award of Achievement to recognize a new or young lawyer within their first eight years of practice for their distinguished service to the public, the judiciary or the legal profession. This year's pool of nominees was extremely competitive, and we thank and recognize everyone who submitted nominations. Read more
By Marisa Choy, Sherry Jackman, and Sedina L. Banks Chemical exposure from consumer products is front and center for the American public.  In June 2021, Johnson & Johnson issued a nationwide recall of certain Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreens after internal testing identified low levels of benzene in the products.  In 2019, the Mark Ruffalo thriller “Dark Waters” gave the Hollywood treatment to the problem of PFAS pollution in drinking water, implicating everything from Teflon pans, to Gore-Tex hiking boots,… Read more
Please join us for a 60-minute panel discussion with Real Property Law attorneys. In the first section, each panelist will have an opportunity to talk about their career and experiences as a young attorney. Prior to the webinar, participants will be encouraged to submit questions to identify popular concerns and queries. Read more
In 2021 you can count on the Health and Wellness Committee on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for programming and activities focused on the wellbeing of our members and the legal community. The time of these events may vary from one month to the next as will the topic and types of activities. Read more
I can’t stress enough the importance of being cognizant of your client’s attorney’s fees and costs. As we all know, there is no winning in a divorce. Both parties suffer a loss. What’s worse is knowing you are burning through children’s college funds because the parties are unable (or unwilling) to agree about even the most basic issues. Read more
The legal field—as with other professions—is undergoing a transformative phase that would integrate more advance technology into its legal services. Technology adoption rates have accelerated in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions for in-person meetings and legal hearings. Like at a trial with inadmissible evidence, the door is now wide-open to bring in technology. Read more
This program will highlight the vast array of career opportunities available in employment and labor law. Pathways to Careers in Employment and Labor law is for all attorneys (new and experienced) who wish to learn more about practicing employment and labor law including law students, Human Resource professionals and anyone looking to pivot within or join the field. Read more
On November 3, 2020, California voters passed Proposition 19: Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment. Read more
The student debt crisis is a big one, especially for new lawyers. In a 2020 report by the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, more than 95% of the new lawyers surveyed took out loans to attend law school. Read more

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