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Make a Difference — Make a Law

Your practice is impacted by
legislation. Laws are what lawyers seek to enforce. Laws are what determine the course of a case. Now you can impact the laws. Do you know of a law which needs amendment? Do you know where there is a void and a law needs to be added? Do you know of a Court decision which needs to be codified or changed by legislation? Now is the time for you and your bar association to draft those laws and submit them as resolutions for discussion at the CCBA.

The CCBA is nonpartisan and multidisciplinary, with delegates from across the political spectrum and representing all practice areas volunteering their time and energy to try to improve the law and the systems of justice for all Californians.

For more information contact CCBA Executive Director, Laura Goldin at ExecDir@calconference.org.

 

Conference of California Bar Associations

CCBA Fact Sheet

Who?

CCBA: (Conference of California Bar Associations).

What?

CCBA was formed as an independent 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation in 2002. It is the successor organization to the State Bar Conference of Delegates; the combined organizations have a more than 70 year history. With its new name and status, CCBA has been reinvented and reinvigorated as the voice of the lawyers of California. Participation is open to all local, minority, statewide and specialty voluntary bar associations in California. CCBA employs a lobbyist in Sacramento to implement its legislative program. CCBA is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. No State Bar mandatory dues are used in its operations.

The website at www.cdcba.org provides full information about CCBA's programs.

Why?

CCBA provides a unique forum for California lawyers to work together in a common effort to address issues of importance and provide leadership in improving the law.

You know the problem. You research and argue the law, advocating forcefully for your client. But, the law just does not work. It needs some sort of change. How do you change it? One effective and fun way to change the law is by drafting a resolution for the CCBA. Debate and discuss the proposal with your colleagues. Ready your proposal for legislative action and participate in it becoming law.

When?

There is a yearlong process that starts right after the fall State Bar meeting and culminates in the three-day Conference at the State Bar Annual Meeting the following year. In 2006, the Conference will be from October 5–8, in Monterey.

The deadline for submission of resolutions is February 10, 2006.

May 1, 2006 is the last day for bar associations who wish to participate in the 2006 conference to file a Certification of Membership. If your organization is interested in participating and has question, please contact CCBA at ExecDir@calconference.org.

Other deadlines and calendar information is found on our Calendar.

Where?

CCBA meets in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting. The 2006 conference will take place in Monterey.

How?

The conference assembles approximately 500 authorized delegates from participating bar associations. The delegates draft, analyze, lobby and vote on more than 100 resolutions. In 2005, participating bar associations and individuals submitted 114 resolutions. Of those, more than 50 were debated on the floor of the conference.

Currently, with limited lobbying resources, resolutions passed by the conference are prioritized by the CCBA board and either placed with the lobbyist or returned to the sponsoring bar organization for lobbying with the coordination and assistance of the CCBA.

Proposed resolutions cover a wide range of issues. The only limit is whether a resolution is germane to the practice and administration of the law. A resolution is germane if it concerns the legal profession and the people of the State of California and is designed to promote: the improvement of the administration of justice, the education of the profession and the public concerning the justice system and laws, the science of jurisprudence, professional excellence or respect for the law.

Presentation of resolutions at the Conference and at pre-Conference meetings helps to educate and familiarize the delegates, and, through media coverage, the public with all areas of the law, including areas they don't typically practice in.

Legislative Successes

Updates on our Legislative Program can be found here.

Current Issues

At the 2005 conference, delegates voted in favor of the following:

  1. A resolution expressing support for the Independence of the Judiciary and a call to other legal organization to join in the effort to take steps to preserve the independence of the third branch of government.
  2. Resolutions addressing issues of domestic partnership rights and responsibilities and the question of the validity of same sex unions.
  3. Resolutions to address Worker’s Compensation issues.
  4. Resolutions to address procedural issues such as statutes of limitations, summary judgment and discovery questions.
  5. Probate, labor, criminal law and procedure and State Bar related issues also received attention.

Lobbying efforts have commenced on the 2005 approved resolutions and CCBA lobbyist Robyn Black of Aaron Read and Associates is looking for authors for many of them.

Why Should You Join Us?

Delegates are members of participating bar associations. Lawyers participating in the conference range from new admittees to lawyers in practice for well over 30 years. The conference provides an ideal opportunity to hone research, writing and oral presentation skills and to meet lawyers from throughout the state. Media coverage of the conference helps to educate the public about important issues concerning the law, the system and administration of justice, and lawyers. Your participation will be fun and will enable you to learn from and educate your peers from throughout the state. There is no time like the present for becoming involved in the conference. It is never too late.