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.

Kyle Nageotte, 2016-2017 CYLA ChairIf 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 2016-2017 Board is chaired by Kyle Nageotte, Associate at Littler Mendelson, practicing in employment litigation.

We have been expanding CYLA's educational programs geared for new attorneys, creating more networking opportunities, and reaching out to the membership. For more information, contact Raven Ogden.

An Introduction to Practicing Trust and Estates Law

An Introduction to Practicing Trust and Estates LawPresented by the Trusts and Estates Section and the California Young Lawyers Association of The State Bar of California

Thursday, March 2, 2017
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Earn 5 Hours MCLE and Legal Specialization Credit in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Please note: Online registration will close after Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Program Schedule | Essential Information | Printable Brochure | Mail / Fax Reg. Form | Register Online

For more information, see An Introduction to Practicing Trust and Estates Law.

On-line Billing and Payment for 2017 Fees

The State Bar will be launching  a new on-line billing and payment application for 2017 fees.  Paper billing statements will not be sent to members. Instead, statements will be available online through My State Bar Profile. Individual members will continue to be able to make payments online through My State Bar Profile. Attorneys should make sure that the email they have provided for State Bar communications is up to date.

Law firms and agencies will be able to use the State Bar’s new Agency Billing system where they can calculate billing costs and make payments for a group of attorneys.

Please be sure your Section Membership Fees are included in your payment.

Once an attorney’s fees are paid, a paper bar card will be conveniently available for download through My State Bar Profile. Plastic bar cards will still be made available, but only upon request and can also be ordered through My State Bar Profile.

The online billing system makes it easier than ever for individual attorneys and agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone.  When paying your bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians.  Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse, and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.

It is anticipated that the on-line agency and billing application will be available through the State Bar’s website by mid-December.

Go to for more information, or contact Member Records and Compliance at 1-888-800-3400.

Legal Career Resources

Early career support can help get your dream job as a new ‪‎attorney!

Legal Career ResourcesLearn about new career support workshops specifically geared to help young lawyers with the challenges of finding opportunities in the tough California job market while often struggling to pay back extraordinary student loan debt.

See, a project of the California Young Lawyers Association and the Transition Assistance Services of The State Bar of California.

10-Minute Mentor

The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) offers many educational programs.  We are proud to introduce the 10 Minute Mentor video series.

This series of short videos feature leading attorneys in their area of practice - providing 10 minutes of mentoring on a particular topic.

These videos are foundational in nature and designed to point you toward valuable resources within The State Bar.

These videos are completely free of charge and should you want to learn more - some of them are also available as a full length Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

We hope you enjoy these videos and we appreciate your continued support of CYLA.

Nominate a Deserving Attorney for the 2016 Jack Berman Award of Achievement

Each year, the California Young Lawyers Association ("CYLA"), a committee of The State Bar of California, confers the Jack Berman Award of Achievement to recognize a new or young attorney for distinguished service to the public, judiciary, or legal profession.

The State Bar established this prestigious award in 1992 to recognize the individual achievements of a lawyer who is either in his or her first five years of practice or age thirty-six or younger. The award is in memory of Jack Berman, a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the public and the profession, and who was tragically killed in a San Francisco shooting. This annual award honors his dedicated service to issues of concern to the profession, especially to its young lawyers.

For more information see the 2016 Berman Award Guidelines and the 2016 Jack Berman Award of Achievement Nomination Form. For information about the award, see Jack Berman Award.

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 2016. 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 2015 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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