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.
Alex Calero
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 2013-2014 Board is chaired by Alex M. Calero (right), litigator in the Enforcement Division of the California Department of Business Oversight in San Diego.

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.

Upcoming Education

Webinar: The Law and Practice of Attorneys Performing Workplace Investigations

Presented by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and the Labor & Employment Law Section

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. In order to participate, you must register in advance.

Attorneys are often retained to do an impartial investigation of an employment complaint.  But they should not jump in without knowing the ethics and best practices related to acting as an impartial investigator.  This webinar will review the law relating to why workplace investigations are crucial, who can do them and how to go about doing a fair and thorough workplace investigation.

Moderator: Samson Elsbernd, Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney

Speaker: Amy Oppenheimer is an attorney who focuses her practice on conducting impartial investigations of workplace complaints.  She is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal and is the founder and past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators.  Ms. Oppenheimer also testifies as an expert witness about HR practices relating to preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination. he is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the state bar's Labor and Employment Law Section.

Webinar: Basics of NLRB Practice

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Presented by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and the Labor & Employment Law Section

This programs offer 1.5 hours of participatory MCLE credit. In order to participate, you must register in advance.

Practice before the National Labor Relations Board involves an understanding of representation election processes as well as unfair labor practice investigations and hearings.  The manner in which employers, employees, and labor unions work with the Agency has great importance in how the Agency will deal with issues which are often time-sensitive and significant for those involved.  Information provided will be based on experience handing hundreds of NLRB case both from the perspective of an NLRB attorney and as a private practitioner outside the Agency.

Moderator: Samson Elsbernd, Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney

Speaker: Thomas Lenz, a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, works from the firm’s Cerritos office where he advises, represents, and trains management clients on labor and employment issues. He heads the firm’s National Labor Relations Board practice and works with clients throughout the western United States. He was born in Illinois, lived in Spain and became fluent in Spanish, received a BA (Spanish/Political Science) from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and a JD from the Louisiana State University Law Center. He began his career at National Labor Relations Board Region 21 (Los Angeles) where the majority of his cases required use of his fluency in Spanish and he was commended by the General Counsel for his performance. In 1992, he joined Atkinson, Andelson. He is licensed in California, Illinois, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, the District of Columbia and several courts including the United States Supreme Court. He has served as President of Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association, where he has been a member for over 20 years, as well as President of the Marquette University Alumni Club of Southern California. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Los Angeles, a non-profit providing educational, immigration, and social services to the Los Angeles community. He serves on the National Legislative Committee for Associated Builders and Contractors and works with a variety of industry groups. He regularly writes articles for firm and other publications, speaks to audiences across the country, and works with media on labor and employment issues of the day.

Webinar: Using Liability Experts in Employment Discrimination Cases

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and the Labor & Employment Law Section

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. In order to participate, you must register in advance.

Many employment cases focus on whether the employer has taken adequate measures to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation from occurring and addressed complaints properly.  The investigation of a complaint is often the centerpiece of the litigation.  This seminar will discuss using expert witnesses in these cases - when they are allowed and how the plaintiff and the defendant can utilize an expert in different phases of the case.

Moderator: Samson Elsbernd, Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney

Speaker: Amy Oppenheimer is an attorney who focuses her practice on conducting impartial investigations of workplace complaints.  She is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal and is the founder and past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators.  Ms. Oppenheimer also testifies as an expert witness about HR practices relating to preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination.  She is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the state bar's Labor and Employment Law Section.

Accepting Applications -- CYLA Tuition Scholarships -- Labor & Employment Annual Meeting

Claremont Resort and SpaCYLA is pleased to announce that Mercer, the State Bar sponsored Broker Administrator for a variety of insurance programs, including Professional Liability, Life and Healthcare, is offering tuition scholarships for the State Bar Labor & Employment Annual Meeting (“Annual Meeting”) at the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA , April 25 & 26, 2014. The scholarship includes full paid access to the Annual Meeting, including MCLE courses, breakfast, lunch on both days. There are three (3) full tuition scholarships of this type available, and one half (1/2) scholarship which is available to California Young Lawyers.

California Young Lawyers, admitted within the past 5 years or age 36 and younger are invited to apply. CYLA’s Outreach Committee will review all applications. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following considerations:

  1. Financial Need
  2. Participation in Labor & Employment Law

Mercer LogoAwardees will be required to attend all events at the Annual Meeting. In addition, the winners will also be required to write about their experience at the Annual Meeting either through an article or social media posts/tweets.

To apply for a 2014 Scholarship, please sent the following by email to Laila Bartlett by April 7, 2014.

  • Name
  • Bar Number
  • Address
  • City/State/Zip
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Briefly describe your practice
  • Briefly describe your history and interest in Labor & Employment Law
  • Explain your financial need
  • Attach a current resume

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!

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 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.

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

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).

Prospective mentors should e-mail bls.cyla.mentor@calbar.ca.gov. Young or new business lawyers seeking mentoring should e-mail cyla.bls.mentee@calbar.ca.gov

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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 The 2013 Berman Award

2012 Jack Berman Award of Achievement recipient Ana de AlbaWe're pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Jack Berman Award of Achievement was Melissa T. Tyner. For more information, see Jack Berman Award. This award was presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting.