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The Sections offer members a greater voice in the programs of the State Bar and up-to-date information on developments in particular fields of law. Join one or more of the State Bar Sections today.
On-line Billing and Payment for 2017 Fees
The State Bar will be launching a new on-line billing and payment application for 2017 fees. Paper billing statements will not be sent to members. Instead, statements will be available online through My State Bar Profile. Individual members will continue to be able to make payments online through My State Bar Profile. Attorneys should make sure that the email they have provided for State Bar communications is up to date.
Law firms and agencies will be able to use the State Bar’s new Agency Billing system where they can calculate billing costs and make payments for a group of attorneys.
Please be sure your Section Membership Fees are included in your payment.
Once an attorney’s fees are paid, a paper bar card will be conveniently available for download through My State Bar Profile. Plastic bar cards will still be made available, but only upon request and can also be ordered through My State Bar Profile.
The online billing system makes it easier than ever for individual attorneys and agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone. When paying your bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians. Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse, and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.
It is anticipated that the on-line agency and billing application will be available through the State Bar’s website by mid-December.
Go to calbar.ca.gov for more information, or contact Member Records and Compliance at 1-888-800-3400.
Now Available! The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office
Published by The State Bar of California
Available for purchase now in the Sections Bookstore.
Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. It picks up where The California Guide to Opening a Law Office left off, exploring challenges of growing a law practice in detail.
- Introduction and Road Map to Using the Book
- Managing a Law Office
- The Financial Dimension of Growth: Increasing Revenue and Profits
- The Human Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number of lawers, professionals, and staff
- The Client Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number and type of clients
- The Georgraphic Dimension of Growth: Marshaling physical resources
- The Technology Dimension of Growth
- Planning for the Unexpected
This the companion volume to The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office, described below.
The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office
Published by The State Bar of California
See the Sections Bookstore for more details.
As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office is your personal executive team:
Please note: The charts referenced in the book are available here: Opening a Law Office Charts.
For a full list of upcoming CLE programs, see the CLE Calendar.
Online CLE & Self-Study
The Sections offer ongoing opportuntities for continuing legal education credit:
Online Participatory CLE
State Bar Online CLE for Participatory Credit: It'’s fast, it's easy, it's relevant, and it’s time! View Sections programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Our catalog contains hundreds of hours of individual seminars, including programs offering CLE in the the areas of Ethics, Elimination of Bias and Detection / Prevention of Substance Abuse. Includes 450 seminars done by California attorneys for California attorneys. For a complete catalog of courses, click HERE.
Online articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. For more information, see our online catalog of articles.
For participants with special needs, please contact the State Bar of California Office of Meeting Services at 415-538-2210.
In addition to our regular publications such as journals and other member benefits, the Sections also publish materials available for sale to all lawyers and the general public. The bookstore includes publications by the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, the Business Law, the Intellectual Property Law Section, the Litigation Section, the Real Property Law Section, the Trusts and Estates Section, and more. For more information, see Sections Bookstore.
Important Information About My State Bar Profile
Section Members, have you set up your My State Bar Profile password yet? If not , make it a priority. My State Bar Profile allows you to access the Members Only Areas of those Sections to which you belong, update your State Bar of California address or record, and more. You can create your profile by going to www.calbar.ca.gov/members.
To see the agendas of recent and upcoming Section Executive Committee Meetings, see Sections Agendas.
The State Bar of California and the State Bar Sections are State Bar of California-approved MCLE providers.