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 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 Newton is the Staff Administrator.
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.
CYLA at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting
The State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
The State Bar of California returns to sunny Anaheim for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multiday showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.
The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it more affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees. September 14 is the deadline for the lowest fee.
More than 100 programs are planned for the Annual Meeting, including these from CYLA:
California Language Access Plan: Language Barriers Preventing Access to Justice
Review of Federal Discovery Obligations for Prosecutors
Blurred Lines Between Social Media and Attorney Advertising: Connecting Ethically
Recent Developments in Privacy and Data Security Law
Litigating Private Attorney General Act Claims in the Aftermath of Supreme Court Decisions
For more information, see The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.
Apply for a Scholarship to the 2015 Annual Meeting
CYLA is pleased to offer four (4) full tuition scholarships for four (4) days of MCLE at the 88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California.
The Annual Meeting is a multiday showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. The education programs, meetings, functions and events will take place at the Anaheim Marriot, Sheraton Park Hotel, and Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. The scholarship includes full registration to the multiday event and travel expenses up to $750.00.
Already registered? No problem! The scholarship can be used towards lodging and related expenses.
CYLA’s Outreach Committee will review all applications. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following considerations:
- 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 received by the deadline – Friday, September 18 at 12 pm.
- Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, and a combination of the following: participation in pro bono or other volunteer work, outreach activities in the community, bar association involvement, leadership activities, or other unique contributions to the legal profession.
- Awardees will be required to write about their experience at the event either through an article or social media posts/Tweets.
To apply for the 88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California Scholarship, send the following by e-mail to Laila Newton by Friday, September 18 at 12 pm:
- Applicant Name
- Applicant State Bar Number
- Applicant Address
- Applicant City/State/Zip
- Phone Number
- Applicant Résumé (Word/PDF attachment)
- Why are you interested in attending the 88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California?
- Explain your area of practice and experience level.
- Explain any participation in pro bono activities, community outreach, and/or experience in any mentorship programs.
- Explain your financial need for the scholarship.
Awardees will be notified by end of business on Friday, September 25, 2015.
Congratulations to the 2015 Jack Berman Award of Achievement Recipient Bryant Y. Yang
The annual California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Jack Berman Award of Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public was established in 1992 to recognize the substantial achievements of a young lawyer. In 1993, the CYLA Board of Directors renamed the award in memory of Jack Berman who was killed in the 101 California Street (San Francisco) shooting earlier that year. Mr. Berman was a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the profession and the public, and was dedicated to issues of concern to the profession, especially its young lawyers.
The recipient of the 2015 Jack Berman Award of Achievement is Bryant Y. Yang, who is incredibly devoted to pro bono work and community service, both individually and through his practice at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles. For more information about Mr. Yang and the award, see 2015 Jack Berman Award.
Nominate a Deserving Attorney for the 2016 Jack Berman Award of Achievement
Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016
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.
The California State Bar established this prestigious award in 1992 to recognize the individual achievements of a lawyer who is either in his/her first five years of practice or age 36 and under. The award is named in memory of Jack Berman, a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the profession and the public, 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 its young lawyers.
For more information see the 2016 Berman Award Guidelines and the 2016 Jack Berman Award of Achievement Nomination Form.
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 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.
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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