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.calconference.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 held in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting the following year. In 2014, the Conference will be from September 12 through 14, in San Diego. Future Conferences are tentatively scheduled for Anaheim (October 9-11, 2015) and San Diego (September 30-October 2, 2016).

The deadlines for submission of resolutions and for bar associations to register to participate in the conference are reflected in our calendar along with other deadlines.

Where?

CCBA usually meets in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting. In 2014 the conference venue will be at the Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

How?

The conference assembles up to 500 authorized delegates from participating bar associations. The delegates draft, analyze, lobby and vote on approximately 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.

Resolutions passed by the conference are prioritized by the CCBA board and legislative committee, with input from CCBA lobbyist Larry Doyle, and are then lobbied for in the California legislature. Some resolutions may be 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 with all areas of the law, including areas in which individual delegates don’t typically practice. The process also helps educate the public through media coverage and outreach.

Legislative Successes

Updates on our Legislative Program can be found here.

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.