California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) is appointed by the Board of Trustees to:
CYLA will be composed of 20 members appointed by the Board of Trustees. Six of the appointed seats shall be designated for representatives of each of the six State Bar districts, one member per district. The remaining 14 seats shall be filled by appointments at large.
A California young lawyer is defined as a member in good standing of the State Bar of California who is in his or her first five years of practice in California or who is age 36 or under.
Current members consist of State Bar of California active members, drawn from diverse constituencies, including but not limited to geographic location, racial and ethnic diversity, practice setting, practice type, district representation, and gender and sexual orientation.
Time Commitment: Serving as a member of the CYLA Board of Directors is a time consuming obligation. Meetings require research and reading, and outreach efforts can occupy as many as ten (10) hours per month. The average full committee meeting may take six (6) to seven (7) hours on a Friday or Saturday. Subcommittee meetings occur on a more ad hoc basis, but can entail one or more conference calls per month. A member can expect to devote no less than one to two weeks of typical work-days per year.
Meetings per year: 6 times per year, with 3 in-person meetings (Northern California, Southern California and Annual Meeting) and 3 conference calls.
For information about the current available openings and the application process, see Committees and Commissions.