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.

Kyle Nageotte, 2016-2017 CYLA ChairIf 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 2016-2017 Board is chaired by Kyle Nageotte, Associate at Littler Mendelson, practicing in employment 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.

Seeking Nominations for 2017 Jack Berman Award of Achievement

Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

The California Young Lawyers Association (“CYLA”), a Committee of the State Bar of California, annually confers the Jack Berman Award of Achievement. This award recognizes a new or young lawyer for distinguished service to the public, the judiciary, or the legal profession.

The State Bar of California established this prestigious award in 1992 in memory of Jack Berman. Mr. Berman was a young attorney who performed outstanding service to both the public and profession before he tragically died in a shooting in San Francisco. The Award honors his dedicated service to issues of concern to the profession, especially to its young lawyers.

  • Any active member of the State Bar of California who is either in his or her first five years of practice or age thirty-six or younger is eligible.
  • Award applications should describe a project or service to the public, the judiciary, and/or the legal profession. The project or service may—but need not be—pro bono.
  • The application may describe work performed before 2016, but should highlight achievements from 2016.
  • The award recognizes a new or young lawyer for his or her individual achievements.

For more information, please review the Award Guidelines and Nomination Form. For information about past recipients, see Jack Berman Award of Achievement.

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.

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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