A Regular Member Certifies:

  • They are an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of California;
  • At least 51% of their professional time is devoted to representing or advancing the rights of employees and/or union members;
  • They do not have more than one (1) case on file in any judicial or administrative forum on behalf of an employer;
  • No more than 25% of their professional time is devoted to civil defense work (non-employment);
  • They are not employed or about to become employed by any law firm that primarily does defense work;
  • They do not belong to or receive appointments from any defense panel; and,
  • They do not belong to any organization* whose members primarily defend employers against claims of employees.*Organizations such as California Employment Law Council; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California; California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association. Bipartisan organizations such as the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California are not barred from membership.

Regular Membership Application

 

An Associate Plus Member Certifies:

  • They are a full time mediator, arbitrator, law school professor or law student/paralegal; OR
  • They are an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of California;
  • They represent at least one (1) employee OR one (1) union advocating for an employee in a judicial or administrative forum;
  • They do not represent ANY defendant in any judicial or administrative forum, whether in an employment case or a non-employment civil case;
  • They are not employed or about to become employed by any law firm that primarily does defense work;
  • They do not belong to any panel whose members defend employers against claims of employees.

Associate Plus Membership Application

 

An Associate Member Certifies:

  • They are an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of California; and,
  • At least 51% of their professional time is devoted to representing plaintiffs.

Associate Membership Application

 

Non-Profit Legal Services and Public Interest Group Membership

CELA Group Membership is open to non-profit legal services or public interest organizations representing at least 51% employees. CELA offers a Group Membership and associated Non-Profit Individual Memberships.  The Group Membership includes one Non-Profit Individual Membership for an attorney employed by the Non-Profit Group Member.* Additionally, all attorneys on the organization’s legal staff are eligible to attend CELA conferences and seminars at the legal services/public interest discounted rate, and additional attorneys may join CELA at the special rate for Non-Profit Individual Members.

Non-Profit Individual Memberships are available to any organization with a Group Membership at a discounted rate of $100/year to attorneys who meet the requirements of Non-Profit Individual Membership. If a Group Membership expires, all associated Non-Profit Individual memberships end immediately. Individual group members understand that if they subscribe to the listservs they certify to abide by all the listserv protocols.

Non-Profit Individual Members certify that they meet all of the following requirements of membership:

  • They are in good standing with the State Bar of California;
  • They are employed by an organization that is currently a Non-Profit Group Member of CELA;
  • They do not practice law outside of my employment with the Non-Profit Group Member;
  • They are not about to become employed by any law firm that primarily does defense work.

*He or she must separately agree to abide by all the listserv protocols. Only one listserv subscription is available for Group member and may not be shared with others in the organization.

Group and Non-Profit Individual Membership Application

 

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