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.
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 2012-2013 Board is chaired by Ireneo Reus III (right), a managing attorney specializing in business litigation at the Law Offices of Ireneo A. Reus III in Long Beach .
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.
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
ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP IN THE SECTION OF YOUR CHOICE -- ON US!
The Sections are offering new members of the Bar a complimentary membership in the State Bar Section of your choice for 2013. 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 2012 or after.
You have the option of joining additional Sections for the standard membership fee of $75.
Interested in Business Law? Need a Mentor?
CYLA and the Business Law Section (BLS) of the State Bar are excited to announce the launch of a new mentoring program which will pair CYLA members interested in developing a business law career path with experienced business attorneys from BLS.
If you are a CYLA member (36 and under or in practice 5 years or less), who is interested in a career as a business lawyer (whether transactional or litigation) or is already a business lawyer but is looking for a little extra guidance, you are encouraged to apply! Applications are being accepted now and matches will be made on a first come first served basis (taking into consideration practice area and geographic compatibility). For more information and to obtain an application, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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"!
The 2012 Award
We're pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2012 Jack Berman Award of Achievement will be Ana de Alba. For more information, see Jack Berman Award. This award was presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting.