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 2015-2016 Board is chaired by Shawtina Ferguson, Associate at The Rasmussen Law Firm, practicing in products liability defense and complex civil 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.

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.

An Introduction to Practicing Trust and Estates Law

An Introduction to Practicing Trusts and Estates LawPresented by the Trusts and Estates Section and the California Young Lawyers Association

Thursday, November 10, 2016
The State Bar of California
845 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Earn 5 Hours MCLE and Legal Specialization Credits in Estates Planning Trusts and Probate Law

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registration will close after November 3, 2016.

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

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

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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