California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA)

CYLA is the nation's largest association of young lawyers. A young lawyer has been in practice for five years or less or is 36 years old or younger.

CYLA Annual Practical Skills Training Symposium

Earn 7 Hours MCLE (which includes Legal Ethics) Credits!

In two locations:

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street, 4th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2000
See schedule
Register Online
Friday, May 22, 2015
The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa Street, 2nd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 765-1000
See schedule
Register Online 

For more information, see Annual Practical Skills Training Symposium.

What is CYLA?

CYLA has a history of zealously advocating issues important to its membership before the Board of Trustees. CYLA offers lawyers and new practitioners the best opportunity for involvement in our profession and for participating in public service at the state and local levels.

If you want to learn about current State Bar of California policies the CYLA Board of Directors is working on, you may contact one of the CYLA Board of Directors Representatives in your area.

The State Bar's Conference of Barristers was created in 1965 by the State Bar's Board of Trustees. The name was changed to the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) in 1977-78. The 2014-2015 Board is chaired by Emily L. Aldrich, Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo, specializing in Employment Law in Los Angeles..

We have been expanding CYLA's educational programs geared for new attorneys, creating more networking opportunities, and reaching out to the membership. Laila Bartlett is the staff Administrator.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Jack Berman Award

Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015 11:59 PM

Each year, the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), a Committee of the California State Bar Association, recognizes a young or new lawyer for distinguished service to the public sector, the judiciary, or the public with the Jack Berman Award of Achievement. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Awards. For more information, see Jack Berman Award of Achievement.

How Do I Become a Member of CYLA?

All California attorneys who are in their first five years of practice or are 36 years of age or younger are AUTOMATICALLY members of CYLA. No separate membership fee is required. Membership in CYLA is a benefit provided as a result of your status as a newer member of the State Bar of California.

Special Offer for NEW ADMITTEES to The State Bar of California


Join a State Bar SectionThe Sections are offering new members of the Bar a complimentary membership in the State Bar Section of your choice for 2015. See below for descriptions of the various Sections and links to their Web sites.

Note: This offer applies only to New Admittees admitted in November 2014 or after.

Click Here to Select the Complimentary Section You Wish to Join.

You have the option of joining additional Sections for the standard membership fees -- up to $95 value HERE.

Follow CYLA on Facebook and Twitter

Social media, anyone? The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now has its own page on Facebook and our Twitter account @calbarCYLA, where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events. And the Sections & CYLA have a new presence on LinkedIn.

We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community, and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets"!


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