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.

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.

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

CYLA is pleased to offer 2 tuition scholarships for two (2) days of MCLE at The State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section's Annual Conference:

The 2-day event will take place at the JW Marriot L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The scholarship includes full registration to the 2-day conference and travel expenses up to $600.00.

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 - Monday, June 1 at 12 p.m.
  • 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 Fifth Annual Advanced Wage & Hour Conference and Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference Scholarship, send the following by e-mail to Laila Newton by Monday, June 1 at 12 p.m.:

  • Applicant Name
  • Applicant Bar Number
  • Applicant Address
  • Applicant City/State/Zip
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail
  • Applicant Resume (Word/PDF attachment)

Applicant Questions:

  1. Why are you interested in attending the Fifth Annual Advanced Wage & Hour Conference and Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference?
  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 Friday, June 5, 2015.

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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 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.

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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