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 Bartlett is the staff Administrator.

Scholarship to the State Bar Annual Meeting

CYLA is pleased to announce that they are offering 2 tuition scholarships for the State Bar Annual Meeting  at the Grand Hyatt,  September 11-14, 2014 in San Diego. The Scholarship includes registration to the Annual Meeting and travel expenses up to  $750.00.  Already registered? No problem. We can still reimburse you for lodging and related expenses. There are two full tuition scholarships of this type available to California Young Lawyers.  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 September 5.

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 ; and Bar Association involvement; leadership activities; or other unique contributions to the legal profession, generally and young lawyers, specifically.

Awardees will 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  Annual Meeting Scholarship, send the following by email to Laila Bartlett by Tuesday, September 5  at 12 noon:  

  • Applicant Name
  • Appolicant Bar Number
  • Applicant Address
  • Applicant City/State/Zip
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail
  • Applicant Resume
  1. Why are you interested in attending the State Bar Solo Summit?

  2. Explain your area of practice and experience level.

  3. Explain any participation in Pro Bono activities, Community Outreach and/or experience in any mentorship programs.

  4. Explain your financial need for the scholarship

Awardees will be notified by end of business on September 5.  

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Diego

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting
September 11-14, 2014
San Diego, California

Annual Meeting PreviewYou can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.
Early-bird Pre-Registration Deadline (Save $100): August 13

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo “My Annual Meeting” simply states that this is your annual meeting: an event for legal professionals that blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of 143 MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, legal technology, access to justice, UPL, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

The Annual Meeting Preview is now online! Be sure to see Special Events for information about luncheons, social events, the California Women Lawyers Annual DinnerAnnual Exhibit Show62st Annual Bench & Bar Art ExhibitConference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), and Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities. See Hotel and Travel for information about the Annual Meeting hotels, airline and rental car discounts.See the schedules for individual days for a chronological list of all programs, with descriptions: Schedule for ThursdaySchedule for FridaySchedule for SaturdaySchedule for Sunday.

The California Young Lawyers Association is presenting:

Program 3

Brady and Statutory Discovery Obligations for California Prosecutors

Program 26

Ethical Considerations of a Multi-Jurisdictional Practice in Family Law

Program 72

Introduction to California Employment Discrimination Practice: Working with the DFEH

Program 79

Social Media Evidence: How to Obtain, Use and Present Evidence Ethically

Program 121

Strategies for Managing and Defending FLSA Collective Actions and State Law Wage and Hour Class Actions

Program 131

The Blurred Lines Between Social Media and Attorney Advertising: Tweeting, Friending and Connecting Ethically

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

 The 2014 Berman Award

2014 Jack Berman Award of Achievement recipient Aaron FischerWe're pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Jack Berman Award of Achievement will be Aaron J. Fischer. For more information, see Jack Berman Award. This award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

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 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 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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